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 […]

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 […]

In Conversation: Mark Tredinnick and Hugh Mackay Mark and Hugh will be in conversation to discuss Hugh’s latest work of non-fiction, whose subject is working towards a more compassionate, less anxious society. They will discuss uses of the imagination as well as politics in fashioning a kinder and less anxious society, as well as the different […]

School for Style: Creative Writing Masterclasses with Mark Tredinnick The Wedderburn Writing Workshop: A Creative Writing Masterclass. A practical and inspiring workshop run every second Sunday from 19 August to 4 November. Led by acclaimed poet Mark Tredinnick (author of The Little Red Writing Workshop), and conducted in the lovely weatherboard schoolhouse where Mark curates events […]

  Poetry in the Afternoon with WestWords Explore poetry and the lifelong impact of creativity with two acclaimed poets Dr Mark Tredinnick and Judith Beveridge in conversation with Professor Robyn Ewing AM. When: 2 – 3:30 pm,  Saturday 22 September Location: Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn 392 Wedderburn Road, Wedderburn 256 Cost: FREE Click here […]

Writing and illustrating with Ursula Dubosarsky and Tohby Riddle For children 8-12, join Ursula Dubosarsky and Tohby Riddle on a full-day workshop next school holidays as they show you how to write and illustrate your own children’s stories! When: Saturday 25 August, 10am-4pm Where: 391 Wedderburn Road, Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn Cost: $50/$30 concession Ursula […]

Haiku and Tanka Workshop, including ginko walk, with Julie Thorndyke and Beverley George Part nature walk part poetry adventure, join Beverley George and Julie Thorndyke on a full-day workshop wandering the bushland of the writers’ retreat, responding to your surrounds through the mediums of haiku and tanka. When: July 22, 10am-4pm Where: 391 Wedderburn Road, Campbelltown Writers’ […]

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 […]

Greater Western Sydney is a place that many of the LGBTQIA+ community call home. If you identify as such and are interested in joining a writing group, WestWords is setting up one up! It will be held at our Parramatta Centre for Writing and will be comprised of fortnightly writing meetings and one to two half-day workshops. Register your interest now.

Creative Writing for Fun and Profit* with James Roy The best stories aren’t just about the events that happen – who these events happen to is really the key to an engaging piece of writing. Over five interactive (and occasionally challenging) sessions, award-winning writer James Roy will guide you through the boundless world of characters, […]

“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.

In 2016 WestWords partnered with CPAC to present the Post Future project. The aim was to create meaningful exchanges between students from diverse linguistic and socio-economic areas of Sydney and people living in detention. Drawing inspiration and influence from CPAC’s Refugees exhibition students wrote and sent letters to various Detention Centres around Australia, such as Nauru, Christmas Island and Manus Island.

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 […]

We recently spent two days with award winning author and Illustrator Judith Rossell, who took time out of her hectic schedule for our stellar storytelling and illustrating workshop at Penrith Regional Gallery. With perfect weather, a killer exhibition and a wondrous experience in a pop up planetarium, courtesy of Western Sydney University’s Penrith Observatory, imaginations were fired […]

Partnership will support a Western Sydney poet to run workshops for high school students. The Youth Eco Summit (YES) is a curriculum-based sustainability festival for school students and their teachers. Recognised by the United Nations and the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, YES promotes student leadership and features student sustainability practices.

Author tours to promote reading and creative writing by and for young people with events to take place at schools and libraries throughout the Greater Western Sydney region. This program, run in conjunction, with publishers is a responsive program to be run as and when occasion arises at the time of a relevant book’s publication.