Today Tomorrow Forever - Being Rohingya

These poems share our experiences of being a part of the Rohingya Diaspora. Creating them has helped and inspired us. We would like share them as our personal gift to you. Please read these and know that we Rohingyas are always there for you.

Transforming Silence

Transforming Silence is the second anthology from WestWords’ LGBTQIA+ writing group. WestWords LGBTQIA+ writing group meets every second Wednesday, 6:30 pm.

Dirt Lane Press

Dirt Lane Press is WestWords’ publishing arm and is dedicated to opening minds, connecting people through story, and creating quality books for those who need them most.

Our mission is to facilitate and magnify the cultural, social and educational impact of creating, sharing and reading the stories of Western Sydney. Through stories, we show our diversity of voices, sense of worth, increased confidence, resilience and exploration of identities and potentialities.

We recognise that shifting the financial wellbeing of individuals and communities starts at the grassroots level – creating change through the power of the written word allows young people to potentially change the narrative of their lives.

We increase the profile and networks for our community and increase the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of new and established Western Sydney writers as well as the increased diversity in form and content in Australian literature reflective of the diverse community of Greater Western Sydney.

Working with WestWords changed my life.
It’s helped me with my confidence, it’s helped me with my writing skills, with how I write, with the way I view writing.
They basically made me a better person.
Ali, aged 15, Granville Boys High School

Winner – 2020 and 2021 Excellence in Arts & Culture
Winner – 2021 Outstanding Business Leadership – Michael Campbell Executive Director WestWords Western Sydney Awards for Business Excellence

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WestTalks – In Conversation with Luke Carman

WestTalks – In Conversation with Luke Carman

Join us for our August installment of WestTalks, as we speak to Luke Carman on the release of his new work: An Ordinary Ecstasy. In stories of desire, grief, and exaltation, the collection reflects, as its title suggests, on life at its most ordinarily ecstatic -...

The BAD Western Sydney Crime Writing Workshop

The BAD Western Sydney Crime Writing Workshop

Thinking about submitting a crime story to the BAD Western Sydney anthology? Come along for our free hybrid workshop where crime authors Loraine Peck and Andy Muir talk about their writing lives and how to write a crime story. Bring your ideas, your questions, and...

Blacktown Day+Night: Yours, Mine and Ours: Life Writing Day

Blacktown Day+Night: Yours, Mine and Ours: Life Writing Day

Yours, Mine and Ours: Life Writing Day Saturday 27 August 10.30 am - 3.00 pm Max Webber Library Join us for a day of talks, workshops and celebration of the stories we have inside us, that define us. Together we’ll explore the richness found in sharing life’s...

Campbelltown Writers – August’s Masterclass

Campbelltown Writers – August’s Masterclass

WestWords, in partnership with Campbelltown City Libraries, is bringing to you a series of Writing Masterclasses throughout 2022. August's Masterclass: Drama: Using Techniques of Stage and Screen in Creative Writing. Guest Speaker: Brooke Robinson. Date: Sunday 28 th...

West Side Poetry Slam – September

West Side Poetry Slam – September

Each month the WestWords Centre for Writing hosts the hybrid West Side Poetry Slam. September 14th - Join us in person or online! SCHEDULE: 6:40pm - Doors/Zoom Open & Poet Sign-Up 7:00pm - Poetry Starts Zoom link for online attendees:...

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Fellowships

Fellowships

WestWords offers a range of fellowships for writers nearing completion of a major work. Partnering with Copyright Agency Cultural Fund these fellowships provide writers in the final stages of completing their first major work a program of tailored mentorship and...

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After-school Creative Writing

After-school Creative Writing

After School Creative Writing Groups for Children and Young PeopleEnrolments are open for Term 3 – 2022. Now on Zoom! Creative writing is a crucial skill that increases critical thinking and empathy. With creative writing classes for primary and high school-aged kids,...

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LGBTQIA+ Writers’ Group

LGBTQIA+ Writers’ Group

If you are a western Sydney writer who identifies as being part of the LGBTQIA+ community then come join us. We’ll be talking about the representation of LGBTQIA+ characters, writing about LGBTQIA+ characters and sharing writing of our own (if you feel up to it!)....

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The Coast

The Coast

Author: Eleanor Limprecht Alice is only nine years old in 1910 when she is sent to the...

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The Ozone Café

The Ozone Café

Author: Helen Hagemann The Ozone Café, a historical novel with three separate owners, is...

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Hip Hop & Hymns

Hip Hop & Hymns

Author: Mawunyo Gbogbo Mawunyo Gbogbo is a church-going African Australian girl growing...

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Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander is a Finnish-Australian poet, fiction writer, essayist, and independent...

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Last year we ran:

147 activities, facilitated by…
152 writers and allied artists.

Over 28,5000 people directly participated, 

We collaborated with 13 schools,
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Our YouTube channel & podcasts showcase: over 100 readings, over 50 masterclasses, plus interviews, events and commissions

I have been fortunate enough to collaborate with WestWords many times  during my career as a writer in Western Sydney,  and I consider them to be  the most engaged and impactful writing organization in the country.  Their work with the writing culture in Western Sydney has transformed the local literary landscape
into a thriving ecology of writers, illustrators, and editors.

Luke Carman: writer and lecturer Western Sydney University 

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Zaheda Ghani: Western Sydney Emerging Writers Fellow Pomegranate and Fig, the manuscript she developed as a Fellow was published by Hachette in June, 2022

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