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.

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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

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Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize
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BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case

BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case

BAD WESTERN SYDNEY: The Second Case This year, WestWords and the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival are returning for: BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case. The first anthology was an amazing success, featuring writers from all over Australia. This is your opportunity...

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BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case

BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case

BAD WESTERN SYDNEY: The Second Case This year, WestWords and the BAD Sydney Crime Writers Festival are returning for: BAD Western Sydney: The Second Case. The first anthology was an amazing success, featuring writers from all over Australia. This is your opportunity...

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Voice Renewed

Voice Renewed

Voice Renewed: Women's Poetry Group Last year, in partnership with Cumberland Women's Health, the ‘Writing Your Voice’ poetry group published a collection of poems, which was published into a book, “Apples: An Unapologetic Anthology from the Core”. This year, we are...

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WestWords-Varuna Emerging Writers’ Residency

WestWords-Varuna Emerging Writers’ Residency

"A beautiful space of quietude, productivity, and connection – this was equally a retreat from the everyday, and an opportunity to affirm myself as a writer," - Nicole Cadelina – 2020 WestWords-Varuna recipient 2024 Key datesApplications open: May 10th,...

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Campbelltown Writers Groups – In-person and Online

Campbelltown Writers Groups – In-person and Online

The Campbelltown Writers Groups In partnership with Campbelltown City Council, WestWords is proud to deliver our long-running writing groups in the area. There are two the choose from.   The In-Person Writers Group With Linda Godfrey   The Online Writers Group...

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The New Writers Group

The New Writers Group

New Writers Group Inc.Writers Group The New Writers Group is a not-for-profit association run by volunteers. Our monthly events feature writing workshops and exercises, open mic and special guests. Publishing opportunities include our online Pop Up Zines, our digital...

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WestWords Alumni Writers’ Group

WestWords Alumni Writers’ Group

WestWords Alumni Writers Group WestWords Alumni Writers Group is an all inclusive monthly writers' group for adult alumni of WestWords programs who are committed to further development of their craft open to poets and prose writers in all genres. Meetings include:...

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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.

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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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