In 2018 the WestWords Varuna Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Residential Program offers 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 only four to five participants and includes: a mix of mentorship, […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]