A Touch of Poetry The next event in the ‘A Touch of Poetry’ reading series will be with Michelle Cahill on Thursday 1st November at 7:00 p.m. The event is free. Registration for the event can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-touch-of-poetry-an-evening-with-michelle-cahill-tickets-50736405956 Michelle Cahill is a Sydney based writer of Indian ancestry. Her short story collection Letter to […]

In 2018 the WestWords-Varuna Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Residential Program will offer Western Sydney emerging writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds the opportunity of a six-day residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. The residency is limited to four participants and includes: a mix of mentorship, private writing time […]

HSC English Extension 2: Everything you need to succeed in HSC English Extension 2 with Felicity Castagna WHEN: Sunday 18th November 2018, 10am-4pm WHERE: WestWords Centre for Writing, 91B Grose St Parramatta COST: $55 per student TO BOOK: Find the date of 18 November on the Calendar to the right of this page and scroll down […]

Applications are now closed. Thank you for everyone who submitted. We received an overwhelming amount of submissions and are looking forward to reading all your work! All participants will receive a certificate of participation. A presentation ceremony will be held on Thursday 29 November 2018, where the winners will be announced.   2018 Mayoral Creative Writing […]

The successful applicants will be announced soon!   Calling all Blue Mountains based illustrators, designers and writers aged between 18-24! Don’t miss your chance for a mentorship with WestWords, Blume Illustrated and Winsor & Newton! Applications close 5pm September 28. BLUME ILLUSTRATED in partnership with WestWords is proud to announce the 2018/2019 Blume Illustrated/WestWords Youth Mentorship Awards for […]

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 […]

“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.

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.

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.

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.