Kente cloth print on top of a brown gradient background, text reads The African Australian Literature Development Program, The African Australian Writers Group, Next Group Tuesday 9th November 2021, @7pm via Zoom, for more info contact, there are four brown skinned torsos with Write Your Own Story on their shirts


The African Australian Literature Development Program is an initiative to support, develop, share and celebrate the richness of the stories of African Australians within the multi-cultural context of Western Sydney.

Run by WestWords and the African Australian Advocacy Centre, and supported by the Adès Family Foundation, the program aims, through stories, to create a bridge of understanding and empathy between communities and generations, create a sense of belonging and pride.

The program began in 2020 with an online writers’ group as we traversed the upheavals the pandemic brought to our lives. In December we launched their first publication: Smile ‘Cross the Oceans click here to read it online.

In 2021 the online group continues and we are SO excited to be launching our new in-person writing groups. The groups run fortnightly and are free of charge. They are open to writers working in various genres and at varying levels. You would be most welcome. (30/09/21 – Please note that the dates below have been postponed until February 2022 due to the current Sydney COVID outbreak. As these dates change we will keep this page updated.)

Blacktown begins: 7 pm, Tuesday 27 July 2021 (new date), then fortnightly
Max Webber Library, Level 1, Flushcombe Rd and Alpha St, Blacktown
proudly supported by Liverpool City Library, Liverpool City Council

Liverpool begins: 6.30 pm, Tuesday 3 August 2021 (new date), then fortnightly
Liverpool City Library, 170 George St, Liverpool
Proudly supported by Blacktown City Council

Online Groups: 7 pm Tuesdays (fortnightly) via Zoom

If you would like more information or to join any one of these groups please contact our Associate Producer Chris:

Introducing our Facilitator


Oluwanifemi Maxwell

Oluwanifemi Maxwell is from Nigeria. She is a graduate of Communication Arts from Bowen University where she finished top of her class and graduated with a first-class. She has also completed her master’s degree in Creative Writing from Macquarie University. ‘nifemi has worked with top radio stations in Nigeria as a script writer and news anchor. In 2017, she self-published a novella titled In Search of More and it won the Dan Izevbaye prize for fiction. She enjoys facilitating the African Australian Development Program at WestWords and is currently working on completing the manuscript for her novel.



To express your interest in joining us,

African Australian Writers Group

Sign up form for AAWG
Which location are you interested in attending?(Required)
What genre's do you write? (you can select multiple)(Required)
Thank you so much for registering your interest. We will be in touch to confirm the group details. At this time in-person groups begin on Tuesday 13th July at Max Webber Library Blacktown, with Liverpool commencing the following week. If you have any further queries please contact
please register here:


The African Australian Advocacy Centre (AAAC) is the new peak body representing the interests of African Australian Communities by providing innovative research, advocacy and policy outcomes in collaboration with academic institutions, government and non-government agencies be Australia’s platform and channel for African Australians to communicate their vision, their cultural diversity and heritage, their energy, and their entrepreneurial innovation from an African-Australian perspective. The leadership team represents more than 15 African Australian communities.

Program supported by The Adès Family Foundation