WestWords Executive Director, Michael Campbell has reached the shortlist.
Voting closes Feb 10th!
Enrolments Now Open for 2021. Still on Zoom! A chance for your kids to learn from the professionals! A Creative Kids Eligible program!
For Parralanes 2020 WestWords was commissioned to present a series of stories and poems about food. Enjoy three courses of delectable words from Aishah Ali, James Roy, Christina Donoghue and projection artist and animator Junee Lee
WestWords has won the Commonwealth Bank Excellence in Arts & Culture award!
We are excited to announce the 2020 WestWords Copyright Agency Western Sydney Emerging Writer Fellows are…
For five sessions over three weeks award-winning writer James Roy worked with the Year 6 students at Bidwill Public School in the Mt Druitt area to assist them telling their stories – because kids love stories. We all do!
Celebrating the culmination of the first year of our African Australian Literature Development Program comes an anthology of their stories, insights and experiences.
WestWords is thrilled to announce the joint Vice Regal Patronage by The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales and Mr Dennis Wilson.
WestLit Libraries is a partnership between WestWords and Western Sydney Zone libraries. WHAT’S ON Dec 2020 – Feb 2021
From the crackling edge of Sydney’s north-west edge this publication proudly represents the dedication and creativity of The Ponds High School Creative Writers Guild.
The inaugural publication from WestWords LGBTQIA+ writers’ group.
2020 Mayoral Creative Writing Prize The Blacktown Mayoral Creative Writing Prize 2020 was open to adults and children who live in Blacktown city. Entrants wrote a short story or poem responding to the theme of The Whole World at Home. The total prize pool was $1,600. In 2020 we received a total of 363 entries across all the […]
Reflections from WestWords-Varuna Fellows 2020
This year the Prize attracted over 480 entries from across Australia and internationally from countries including Phillipines, The Netherlands, China and the Republic of Congo. Congratulations to the eight shortlisted poets!
Writer-in-Residence Applications for the Female Orphan School are now closed.
Booktober an overwhelming success in raising funds to help disadvantaged kids, thanks to you.
WestWords is proud to have been apart of Dirt Lane Press’ COVID-19 response to publish Where Happiness Hides online in approx. 35 languages.
At the beginning of this year, Inner Sydney High School opened its doors to a group of excited year seven students ready to begin their adventure into high school. The founding of the IN_SYD Writers Club was an important of the development of the school. Read their work here!
A new reading from Wai Chim from her book ‘The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling’
Keep up to date with WestWords fortnightly news, interviews and featurettes with The WestWords Podcast.
Bite-sized conversations with professional writers, poets and editors, focusing on different aspects of story and writing.
For one week in December Cherrybrook Technical High School’s entire Year 10 cohort of some 470 students had chance to work with twelve exceptional writers. This is what they wrote.
WestWords is now a registered provider for the Creative Kids program! Claim your $100 Creative Kids voucher and enrol your kids in a new activity today!
And the winner of the WestWords Pinerolo Illustrator in Residence is…
Entries have now closed. Winners will be announced at the presentation ceremony on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 6 pm to 7 pm.
Congratulations to Rawah and Kavita!
Join Martin Chatterton, Jodie McLeod and Eloise Short (Leonard the Lyrebird) and Erin Gough (The Flywheel, Amelia Westlake Was Never Here) for pre-recorded (and completely free) 1hr workshops, available on the WestWords YouTube channel.
Our online fundraising auction of beautiful illustrated works to continue to build our children and young people’s literacy skills and provide a pathway of literary opportunity raised $10,590! Thank you to everyone who participated.
Ten emerging Western Sydney writers and artists respond to some of most compelling photographic images from the rich collections of Sydney Living Museums and the State Archives in this new exhibition.
The African Australian Literature Development Program is a new initiative to support, develop, share and celebrate the richness of the stories of African Australians within the multi-cultural context of Western Sydney.
From what you submit to us we will select the best person for you from our bank of experienced authors, illustrators and editors to give you the guidance you need. A Creative Kids Eligible program!
WestWords is excited to announce our successful WestWords Academians. Congratulations Vivian Wei, Benjamin Muir, Nadine Lebde, Martyn Reyes, Krystal Anne Venal and Kate Bobis.
Entries have now closed for the Blake Poetry Prize. Judging is now underway!
What Matters? writing competition is now closed. Watch this space for winners and runner ups.
Interested in joining WestWords’ Parramatta LGBTQ+ writers’ group? Send your EOIs to email@example.com now!
As a result of COVID restrictions, Poets’ Corner has shifted from the WestWords Centre for Writing to our youtube channel WestWordsOFFICIAL. You can catch up with our passed Poets’ Corner features on our Youtube channel inside!
On exhibition digitally at Campbelltown Library in December and ‘live’ in Hawkesbury library in February
During Term 4, Stage 2 students and their teachers from St Nicholas of Myra, Penrith worked with writer Jodie McLeod and illustrator Eloise Short.
Over the course of three Fridays, in some of the most intense heat Katoomba has ever seen, the students of Katoomba High School worked with the fabulous Catherine Jinks, to create stories of place – places of the heart; of sadness, love, hope and joy.
Northreads Vol 2 is another anthology of short writings from Northmead Creative and Performing Arts High School.
During Term 3, WestWords undertook a residency with Year 4 students and their teachers from St Francis of Assisi Primary School in Glendenning. Undertaking the weekly workshops was the wonderful Amelia McInerney.
Congratulations to the 2019 WestWords-Varuna Emerging Wriers in Residence!
Congratulations to all winners and runners up of the 2019 competition. Click here to read all the successful submissions.
Word of Mouth is the culmination of a series of writing workshops where participants from refugee backgrounds developed their stories.
Congratulations to Christina Huynh, 2019 WestWords-Pinerolo Illustrator in Residence!
Peter Maple’s BEAST.BELLY.BEAST delves inside the minds of two ex-servicemen suffering the repercussions of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In 2018 WestWords was approached by CAPAH: Citizens Action Penrith Affordable Housing to work with them so that they can write their stories…
WestWords will be on Alive FM 6pm-8pm, Wednesdays fortnightly with Aparna Vats.
WestWords offers writing spaces at accessible prices at our Parramatta WestWords Centre for Writing.