This is our autumn and winter program of events and workshops for both kids and adults for 2018. Get booking!
This is our autumn and winter program of events and workshops for both kids and adults for 2018. Get booking!
WestWords is pleased to announce the launch of the Parramatta Writers’ Room co-located with the WestWords’ Centre for Writing!
In 2018 WestWords & Pinerolo partnered to offer two emerging children’s book illustrators a week in residence at Pinerolo: The Children’s Book Cottage at Blackheath, in the beautiful Blue Mountains. The residency aims to extend illustrators’ knowledge of picture book creation and design, the process of publishing and the publishing industry, being mentored by Margaret Hamilton, a professional publisher of picture […]
Creative Writing for Fun and Profit* with James Roy The best stories aren’t just about the events that happen – who these events happen to is really the key to an engaging piece of writing. Over five interactive (and occasionally challenging) sessions, award-winning writer James Roy will guide you through the boundless world of characters, […]
WestWords and Campbelltown City Council are pleased to announce the launch of the Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn, the first of three WestWords Writers’ Rooms across Western Sydney.
Sign up to become a member of one of three new WestWords Writers’ Rooms in Campbelltown (Wedderburn), Katoomba and Parramatta.
Learn about this new writers’ space in the heart of Katoomba
Tulis (Too-lis) Writing Exchange is a two-way Australian/Indonesian exchange for established writers held at Komunitas Salihara (Jakarta) and the 2018 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.
Greater Western Sydney is a place that many of the LGBTQIA+ community call home. If you identify as such and are interested in joining a writing group, WestWords is setting up one up! It will be held at our Parramatta Centre for Writing and will be comprised of fortnightly writing meetings and one to two half-day workshops. Register your interest now.
Calling all human-beans! Come and see how Roald Dahl’s books have been interpreted across the world with Cover to Cover, an exhibition of Dahl’s book covers at the Max Webber Library from November 19!
“I’ve written a first draft. Now what?!”
You know what comes next is revision, editing, rewriting, refining. But just how do you do that? What decisions do you have to make? Where do you start? When do you stop?
Many new writers think that having written a draft of new work, the work is done. What is done is that valuable first draft, essential for the next stage.
A workshop for writers who are serious about taking the next steps to improve their narrative works in prose, screenplay, fiction, non-fiction, hybrid, long or short forms.
In supporting WestWords, even the smallest donation can change young peoples lives in Western Sydney. As a recipient of Plus1 funding, for a limited time every donation WestWords receives will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Creative Partnerships Australia.
With Felicity Castagna, this one day course is tailored to help HSC English Ext 2 students develop a distinctive Major Work.
Want to equip your pre-schooler for a life-time? Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Andrew Wilson, Beck and Matt Stanton launch 1000 Books before School at Parramatta City Library.
Enter the What Matters? writing competition for grades 5-12 by the 11th of May 2018!
A series of monthly poetry readings from acclaimed Australian poets including Mark Tredinnick, Andrew Taylor and Judith Beveridge, on now at Castle Hill Library. Wrapped up for 2018!
Take a look at our most recent anthology from Parramatta North Writers’ Club facilitated by Maryam Master and illustrated by Sadami Konchi.
WestWords is proud to have presented a special event with the new Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018/19. This was the first public event for Morris, and it was a sell-out. Thank you to all that attended! We are feeling very inspired about the future of children’s literature in Australia. Here are a few images from the Q&A and the signing that followed.
WestWords is pleased to have officially opened our new Centre for Writing and Parramatta Writers’ Rooms.
Tell me more Tahmoor is the product of 6 months of work by some of Tahmoor Public School’s keenest young writers. Check out the Anthology illustrated by Tony Flowers!
The 2017 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships offers 3 Fellowships of $4,000 each to emerging writers from the Greater Western Sydney region.
We interviewed Mark Tredinnick to find out what he thinks about the value of Writers’ Rooms and why he’s signed up to become the first member of WestWords’ Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn.
2017 was our largest year ever for WestWords, and what better way to end it than looking back over all that has happened these past twelve months. WestWords would like to extend a huge thank you to all our authors, poets, illustrators, artists, schools and partnering organisations who have made these events possible, and most importantly to all […]
West Australian Julie Watts has won the 2017 Blake Poetry Prize, which challenged Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.
WestWords and Sydney Writers’ Festival were delighted to once again present this collection of works by exceptional contemporary Australian children’s book illustrators in collaboration with Katoomba Library and Katoomba Cultural Centre from September 30 to November 19 2017.
An unmissable line-up of Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers appeared at Bankstown Arts centre on the 28th of October 2017, showcasing the powerful voices of writers including Sarah Ayoub, Helen Chebatte, Roanna Gonsalves, Julie Koh, Benjamin Law, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Ellen van Neerven, and Markus Zusak.
Harry Laing, kids’ poet and rapper extraordinaire, ran a day long experimental Writing workshop and zine making adventure at the Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest. One big day of inspiring, creative writing for kids aged 9-12!
The winners of the 2017 WestWords Pinerolo Illustrators in Residence are announced!
This event has wrapped up for 2017.
The Story Room is back at Parramatta Library for 9-12 year olds. Do you like writing stories? Do you want to develop more skills and confidence with your creative writing? Join Matt Cosgrove to discover the joy of storytelling, and the creative ways it may be done.
The Anthology is the work of the members of WestWords’ young writers group housed at Blacktown Arts Centre. They meet every fortnight on Monday afternoons during school terms and spend two hours writing, reading each other’s work and exploring a variety of approaches to the written word. Launch the Blacktown Writers Anthology
A Slightly Silly, Continuously Twisty, Twirly-Whirly Curly Story… by YOU! (With a little bit of help from our friend Dub Leffler) At the 2016 Way Out West Festival for Children at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, WestWords and our friend the writer Dub Leffler asked you to come along, choose your own adventure and help write […]
PROPEL PLAYWRITING INITIATIVE
2017 applications are closed! Propel is a training opportunity for up and coming playwrights, 16 – 26 years old, from across Western Sydney and beyond.
Artist, illustrator and writer Dub Leffler spent a 6 week writing residency with stage 3 students from Hebersham Public School, and with illustrator Michel Streich created a wonderful anthology of their work.
Crestwood High students in year 9 feasted on a gothic treat when internationally bestselling steampunk author, Richard Harland, joined them for a 6 week in-school writers residency. This anthology is the result of their work together.
In the first half of 2016 Crestwood High students in year 10 worked with internationally bestselling steampunk author, Richard Harland, to create an anthology of dystopian stories set in and around Crestwood High.
The anthology A Different Simple is the culmination of a year long project where students from Granville Boys High School in Sydney’s West and Lightning Ridge Central School worked with multi-award winning writer James Roy. The work showcased in the book is the result of a week long writing camp in regional NSW where the two groups met for the first time.
2016 was a mammoth year for WestWords, and what better way to end it than looking back over all that has happened these past twelve months. WestWords would like to extend a huge thank you to all our authors, poets, illustrators, artists, schools and partnering organisations who have made these events possible, and more importantly to all of […]
Actor, Bryan Brown, who spent his childhood in Western Sydney, has this year pledged his support of WestWords by accepting the new role of ambassador. Bryan affirms with us the power of literacy, self-expression and creativity to change lives and the experience of communities.
Multiple award-winning author Felicity Castagna has published a new work, So You Want to be a Writer?, available for free online access in e-book form.
Bryan Brown, Melina Marchetta and Maxine Beneba Clarke mentor the 2016 WS Emerging Writers Fellows!
WestWords has joined with the English Teachers’ Association NSW to create a resource for teaching in years 7-10 English classes.
“Kenny’s Coming Home”, a play with music, was premiered at The Q Theatre in Penrith, 1991 and forms part of the WestWords/ETA Teaching Resource, Writing Place and is published by Currency Press.
Westside Jnr. Vol 5 has been launched! BYDS and WestWords partner to breathe new life into the Westside project.
First year of a 10 year project to create a literature map of the entire Greater Western Sydney area with 300-500 word stories/extracts hosted on the WW website.
On 4th February, 2016 WestWords convened Writing the West, a seminar and planning workshop to set future directions for Western Sydney’s literary culture at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
The Disappearing is an interactive app that maps poetry to place, charting traces, spaces and memories that transform or vanish with time.
WestWords and Sydney Writers’ Festival are delighted to present this collection of works by exceptional contemporary Australian children’s book illustrators. The exhibition was presented in various locations throughout 2017.
Illustrator Liz Anelli has been the 2016 WestWords artist in residence at the Parramatta Artists Studio in November. As part of her residency she has facilitated workshops at the Norman Lindsay Gallery (Springwood), the Max Webber Library (Blacktown) and Parramatta Artists Studios. Share in the imagination and inspiration of Liz’s art practise.
Sydney’s only free contemporary arts festival for children
This unique group provides an opportunity for Western Sydney writers aged 14-18 years to intensely focus and strengthen their creative skills.
An initiative of SWEATSHOP, WestWords and the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University