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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Calling all Blue Mountains based illustrators, designers and writers aged between 18-24! Don’t miss your chance for a mentorship with WestWords, Blume Illustrated and Winsor & Newton! Applications close 5pm September 28. BLUME ILLUSTRATED in partnership with WestWords is proud to announce the 2018/2019 Blume Illustrated/WestWords Youth Mentorship Awards for Illustration, Design & Writing The three successful applicants […]

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: *For all sessions limited places are available for accompanying teachers at no cost. Everything you need to succeed […]

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.

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 […]