The 2016 Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships are proudly supported by WestWords and Copyright Agency.

This year’s winners, Joseph Michael Chebatte, Tamar Chnorhokian and Eda Gunaydin are currently working hard developing their work as they explore situations and themes that are specific to western Sydney, and lives and stories that emirate from this region.

Each fellow, as part of their fellowship receives mentorship from a specifically chosen mentor. We thank each of the mentors for the time, expertise and generosity they are devoting to our next generation of great writers.


The 2016 fellows are:

Joseph Michael Chebatte to develop a short film script Entrenched to ‘production-worthy’ level. Set in World War Two, the film is about four soldiers on out-post duty. After capturing a little French boy spying on their position, they must decide whether he’s helping the enemy or simply playing.
Joseph will be working with Bryan Brown

Tamar Chnorhokian is looking to develop the follow-up to her debut The Diet Starts on Monday. The new Young Adult novel follows the experiences of Arevig Loosigian, an Armenian-Australian girl from Fairfield in her final year of high school and will explore themes including the psychology of mental illness.
Tamar will be working with Melina Marchetta

Eda Gunaydin will bring together a collection of short stories drawing on the lived experiences of Eda’s family and friends from across the country and Turkey. The work will build on two stories already written – one of which was shortlisted for the Scribe Publications Non-Fiction Award and explore her, and her sisters’, experiences of intergenerational trauma, cultural expectations and sexuality.
Eda will be working with Maxine Beneba Clarke

WestWords, on behalf of the wider writing community, thanks the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency for their ongoing support for this important initiative which facilitates Western Sydney based writers reach their potential and stories of Western Sydney to become visible to a wider audience.