In 2016 WestWords partner with Western Sydney University to deliver professional learning development opportunities to teachers through their “Education Knowledge Network” scheme.

WHAT: Writing to Communicate with Deborah Abela
WHO: Stage 2, 3 & 4 Teachers
WHERE: Western Sydney University – Kingswood campus. Building P, Level 1, Room 58
COST: $99 (inc. GST)

If you are interested in this workshop in 2017, please email  or 4736 0381 to express your interest.


Deb Abela High Res[1]Deborah Abela Dip Teach, BA (Comm) Children’s Author, Speaker, Teacher

Deborah has always been short and a bit of a coward, which is why she writes books about spies, flooded cities and surviving Hitler’s bombing raids during WW2. Her crankiness about climate change led to the novels, Grimsdon and New City, and her own family’s survival in WW2 inspired Teresa A New Australian, about a girl who migrates to Australia after her own country lies in ruins. Her latest books are, The Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee and a picture book called, Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. Deb’s won awards for her work but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.


WestWords’ focus is on literature development opportunities for children and young people from 0-25 years. We also want to reach out to the teachers of our young people and provide them with the inspiration and skills to pass on to their students throughout the greater western Sydney region.

WestWords is working in partnership with the EKN Western Sydney University to provide Teaching Creative Writing Workshops to teachers of Stages 1 & 2, Stages 3 & 4 and Stages 5 & 6.
The aim of these workshops is to support teachers in delivering creative writing activities in the classroom by giving some insight into how writers think, to help develop units of work that mean creative writing fulfils the needs of the curriculum. From discussion with the Education Knowledge Network, one of the great advantages is when the presenters are writers who have experience as teachers/presenters so they fully understand the day to day demands teachers face.

The Education Knowledge Network (EKN) at Western Sydney University offers a wide range of high quality professional learning opportunities to assist teachers in adapting to the challenges they face in improving student learning, engagement and wellbeing. Courses focus on new and emerging practices and the theories that underpin them to promote innovation in teaching practice and are designed to bring teachers together with the opportunity to network and learn about initiatives in education. A full program of courses has been developed with input from teachers, schools, DET and CEO and University advisors. These courses have been designed to support teachers in their professional development and learning in a practical, stimulating and pertinent way.

Courses are offered for early childhood, primary and secondary teachers. The Education Knowledge Network is an endorsed provider of professional development for the maintenance of accreditation and all primary and secondary courses are accredited at the Proficient level with the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES).

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For more details: please phone 4736 0732


Education Knowledge Network (EKN)