Be part of the audience for Radio National’s Speaking Out.
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!
Entries have now closed for the Blake Poetry Prize. Judging is now underway!
A free 5 week workshop working towards a first draft of a completed picture book.
It’s a week to go to our fundraising dinner and we’ve just launched a silent, online auction.
Australian music legend and acclaimed guitarist Eliot Reynolds is teaming up with WestWords to present a series of three songwriting workshops in Katoomba.
Is digital publishing the future? Join us and Adina West, worldwide digitally published author, for a chat about the digital publishing world.
WestWords is happy to announce the Western Sydney Emerging Writer Fellows are Annie Zhang, Fiona Murphy and Zoe Ghani!
WestWords is excited to bring a whole new program to you including more writers groups, workshops and plenty of interesting events. WATCH THIS SPACE.
Read the successful entries here now!
In 2016 WestWords ran the inaugural Landscape, Place and Me program.
Discover the rich history of Parramatta across the centuries, in this poetic journey through fifteen historic locations across the CBD. Download the app to your mobile device and start walking!
A two-day workshop on nature writing and the evocation of place, led by Mark Tredinnick.
Applications are now open for the 2018 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships. We are offering 3 Fellowships of $4,000 each to emerging writers aged 16 years and over from the Greater Western Sydney region.
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 […]
A Touch of Poetry The next event in the ‘A Touch of Poetry’ reading series will be with Michelle Cahill on Thursday 1st November at 7:00 p.m. at WestWords Centre for Writing: 91B Grose St, Parramatta. The event is free. Michelle will be reading and talking on the them: ‘The Poet’s Life is Not a […]
Gabrielle Tozer: Story Room Jnr The Story Room: JUNIOR! Cub Reporters Story Room Jnr is a junior version of our successful 5 week writing program for kids, held in partnership with Parramatta City Library. Join award-winning author Gabrielle Tozer for a series of writing workshops that will spark your creativity. From creating wacky characters and […]
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 […]
WestWords and Casula Powerhouse are seeking your poems for the Armistice Poetry Prize from local High Schools within the Liverpool LGA for the Armistice Poetry Prize. Closes 26th Oct, 2018
Join us for an epic day of writing and illustrating with best-selling author Jacqueline Harvey and award-winning illustrator (and this year’s WestWords and Parramatta Artist Studios’ Illustrator-in- Residence) Mitch Vane!
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 […]
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WestWords/Blume Illustrated in association with Winsor & Newton Australia are very proud to announce the recipients of their inaugural Young Creatives Mentorship Award for 2018 /19. They are (photo left to right): Tessa Burton ( Illustration / Design ) Katoomba Pat Alan Doyle ( Design / Writing ) Katoomba Annabel Pettit ( Writing ) […]
Join Wayne Harris, designer and editor for Walker Books and multi-award winning illustrator of children’s books for a series of three workshops exploring at the process, collaboration and skills involved in making picture books.
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’ […]
On the 18th July WestWords will be running poetry workshops at the Way Out West Children’s festival. The Magic of Words OK OK, we use words all the time but these workshops are about seeing what words can really do. Juggle, flip, weave, stack and crack words to create poems which will surprise you and […]
WestWords and the Sydney Review of Books invite applications for a two-week residency at the WestWords Centre for writing. This residency will be an opportunity for a Western Sydney writer to write an essay on place for publication on the Sydney Review of Books. This essay will form part of an ongoing portfolio of essays on […]
A holiday workshop for kids aged 8-12 with Jacqueline Harvey in the Parramatta region. Book now!
On the 11th July the marvellous Matt Cosgrove will be facilitating two workshops at Auburn Library. The first will be for kids aged 5-9yrs on illustrating character and the second will be for kids aged 10-15 yrs on writing character. These workshops will be on theme with the Cover to Cover exhibition also displayed in […]
Calling all human-beans! Come and see how Roald Dahl’s books have been interpreted across the world with Cover to Cover, an exhibition of Dahl’s book covers at Auburn Library from November 19!
Creative Writing 101 with Luke Carman There are no secrets, no cheats, maps or recipes to guide our development as creative writers. Creative writing, in all its forms, is a lived artistic practice – a kind of hero’s journey – and it is only through living it fully and faithfully that we can address the […]
Poetry with Michelle Cahill In this series of three workshops poet and author Michelle Cahill will teach on aspects of poetic craft: image, metaphor and voice. The focus is on how writers can best hone their language and sensibility to communicate lyric and narrative from and about Western Sydney , threading and reinvigorating culture, home, […]
WestWords is pleased to announce the launch of the Parramatta Writers’ Room co-located with the WestWords’ Centre for Writing!
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, […]
A priceless opportunity for illustrators to spend a week in residence at Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage. Applications now open! Illustrators living or working in Western Sydney will be prioritised.
Tulis (Too-lis) Writing Exchange is a two-way Australian/Indonesian exchange for established writers held at Komunitas Salihara (Jakarta) and the 2018 Ubud Writers and Readers Festival.
WestWords and Campbelltown City Council are pleased to announce the launch of the Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn, the first of three WestWords Writers’ Rooms across Western Sydney.
Join three rising stars from Western Sydney’s vibrant writing scene at Varuna as part of Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Learn about this new writers’ space in the heart of Katoomba
In supporting WestWords, even the smallest donation can change young peoples lives in Western Sydney. As a recipient of Plus1 funding, for a limited time every donation WestWords receives will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Creative Partnerships Australia.
“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.
Want to equip your pre-schooler for a life-time? Lord Mayor of Parramatta Cr Andrew Wilson, Beck and Matt Stanton launch 1000 Books before School at Parramatta City Library.
A series of monthly poetry readings from acclaimed Australian poets including Mark Tredinnick, Andrew Taylor and Judith Beveridge, on now at Castle Hill Library. Wrapped up for 2018!
Enter the What Matters? writing competition for grades 5-12 by the 11th of May 2018!
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.
Take a look at our most recent anthology from Parramatta North Writers’ Club facilitated by Maryam Master and illustrated by Sadami Konchi.
Tell me more Tahmoor is the product of 6 months of work by some of Tahmoor Public School’s keenest young writers. Check out the Anthology illustrated by Tony Flowers!
WestWords is pleased to have officially opened our new Centre for Writing and Parramatta Writers’ Rooms.
Finishing School Collective or women writers will take up residence at WestWords Centre for Writing for in January.
The 2017 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships offers 3 Fellowships of $4,000 each to emerging writers from the Greater Western Sydney region.
We interviewed Mark Tredinnick to find out what he thinks about the value of Writers’ Rooms and why he’s signed up to become the first member of WestWords’ Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn.
2017 was our largest year ever 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 most importantly to all […]
To celebrate the launch of Campbelltown Writers’ Retreat at Wedderburn we held a 3-hour writing workshop with acclaimed writer Carol Baxter, focussing on creative non-fiction techniques and the writing of compelling histories.
West Australian Julie Watts has won the 2017 Blake Poetry Prize, which challenged Australian poets to explore the spiritual and religious in a new work of 100 lines or less.
WestWords and Sydney Writers’ Festival were delighted to once again present this collection of works by exceptional contemporary Australian children’s book illustrators in collaboration with Katoomba Library and Katoomba Cultural Centre from September 30 to November 19 2017.
An unmissable line-up of Indigenous and culturally diverse Australian writers appeared at Bankstown Arts centre on the 28th of October 2017, showcasing the powerful voices of writers including Sarah Ayoub, Helen Chebatte, Roanna Gonsalves, Julie Koh, Benjamin Law, Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Ellen van Neerven, and Markus Zusak.
Harry Laing, kids’ poet and rapper extraordinaire, ran a day long experimental Writing workshop and zine making adventure at the Penrith Regional Gallery & Lewers Bequest. One big day of inspiring, creative writing for kids aged 9-12!
The winners of the 2017 WestWords Pinerolo Illustrators in Residence are announced!
This event has wrapped up for 2017.
The Story Room is back at Parramatta Library for 9-12 year olds. Do you like writing stories? Do you want to develop more skills and confidence with your creative writing? Join Matt Cosgrove to discover the joy of storytelling, and the creative ways it may be done.
The Anthology is the work of the members of WestWords’ young writers group housed at Blacktown Arts Centre. They meet every fortnight on Monday afternoons during school terms and spend two hours writing, reading each other’s work and exploring a variety of approaches to the written word. Launch the Blacktown Writers Anthology
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 […]
WestWords is gearing up for another great year and bringing fantastic authors to western Sydney schools and regions. This term three very different and very fabulous writers take the 6 week plunge into the school pit for a creative writing frenzy. Deborah Abela heads to Bossley Park High School for 3 super dooper turbo charged […]
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.
Artist, illustrator and writer Dub Leffler spent a 6 week writing residency with stage 3 students from Hebersham Public School, and with illustrator Michel Streich created a wonderful anthology of their work.
Crestwood High students in year 9 feasted on a gothic treat when internationally bestselling steampunk author, Richard Harland, joined them for a 6 week in-school writers residency. This anthology is the result of their work together.
What Matters? is an annual writing competition run by our friends at the Whitlam Institute. Inspired by Gough Whitlam’s commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia’s future, the competition is open every year to NSW, the ACT and Tasmania school students in years 5 to 12. Responding to the simple question ‘what […]
In the first half of 2016 Crestwood High students in year 10 worked with internationally bestselling steampunk author, Richard Harland, to create an anthology of dystopian stories set in and around Crestwood High.
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 […]
Actor, Bryan Brown, who spent his childhood in Western Sydney, has this year pledged his support of WestWords by accepting the new role of ambassador. Bryan affirms with us the power of literacy, self-expression and creativity to change lives and the experience of communities.
Multiple award-winning author Felicity Castagna has published a new work, So You Want to be a Writer?, available for free online access in e-book form.
Bryan Brown, Melina Marchetta and Maxine Beneba Clarke mentor the 2016 WS Emerging Writers Fellows!
WestWords has joined with the English Teachers’ Association NSW to create a resource for teaching in years 7-10 English classes.
“Kenny’s Coming Home”, a play with music, was premiered at The Q Theatre in Penrith, 1991 and forms part of the WestWords/ETA Teaching Resource, Writing Place and is published by Currency Press.
First year of a 10 year project to create a literature map of the entire Greater Western Sydney area with 300-500 word stories/extracts hosted on the WW website.
On 4th February, 2016 WestWords convened Writing the West, a seminar and planning workshop to set future directions for Western Sydney’s literary culture at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre.
The Disappearing is an interactive app that maps poetry to place, charting traces, spaces and memories that transform or vanish with time.
WestWords and Sydney Writers’ Festival are delighted to present this collection of works by exceptional contemporary Australian children’s book illustrators. The exhibition was presented in various locations throughout 2017.
Illustrator Liz Anelli has been the 2016 WestWords artist in residence at the Parramatta Artists Studio in November. As part of her residency she has facilitated workshops at the Norman Lindsay Gallery (Springwood), the Max Webber Library (Blacktown) and Parramatta Artists Studios. Share in the imagination and inspiration of Liz’s art practise.
Sydney’s only free contemporary arts festival for children
This unique group provides an opportunity for Western Sydney writers aged 14-18 years to intensely focus and strengthen their creative skills.
During November and into December 2016 author Tim Harris developed creative writing skills with young people aged between 10 and 14 at Auburn City Library. The sessions were totally booked out. In 2017 we are looking forward to being able to offer similar opportunities.
Led by Award winning author, James Roy, this writing group provides an opportunity for writers in years 7-9 to focus and strengthen their creative skills. Booked out.
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 […]
A pop up program of events for young writers!
Writing the Past Back to Life — a 2 day creative writing workshop with Pamela Freeman for kids aged 10-13 years!
Crestwood High School students feast on writing with steampunk author, Richard Harland!
Artist, illustrator and writer, Dub Leffler goes back to primary school!
A free event of readings, discussion and open mic showcasing Western Sydney writers. Join us for a drink, a chat a listen, and bring your own material for open mic
A special series of author events for kids who love stories and anyone who loves stories for kids!
A one day workshop, with Elizabeth Honey, one of Australia’s most celebrated picture book author/illustrators, where participants created their own picture books .
Indigenous author residency with a leading Australian children’s/young adult author/illustrator As part of their residency the author will visit various schools, including at least one school with high Indigenous population.
Poetry Object was a special series of free workshops at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre that invited young writers to create poems inspired by objects that are special to them.
Parramatta Community Hub cultural program for asylum seekers and their families. Program to develop the creative writing skills of adults writing their stories for children.
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.
2 residencies, 2 schools, 2 authors – each working with 2 classes over a 6 week period Specific outcomes to be determined when author is selected, but one outcome will be a piece of creative writing either written collaboratively with the students or students writing individual pieces of work.
Three day festival in The Rocks: Oct 9 youth day. Programming includes workshops, performances and screenings. WestWords will be promoting and facilitating participation by young Western Sydney young people.
Convening all literature development organisations and stakeholders operating in western Sydney for a one-day symposium with the aim of taking a strategic snapshot of the state of literature development in Western Sydney.
Two-stage initiative to create resources for students in years 7-10, and for teachers’ professional development, based on the NSW curriculum ‘concepts’ based approach, and showcasing Western Sydney writers and writing. Stage 1 (development) completed 2015. Stage 2 feedback and distribution 2016.
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.
1-2 Workshops at ETA’s national conference on writing techniques and approaches.