Parramatta public program


LGBTQ+ Writers’ Group

If you are a western Sydney writer who identifies as being part of the LGBTQ+ community then come join us. We’ll be talking about representation of LGBTQ+ characters, writing about LGBTQ+ characters and sharing writing of our own (if you feel up to it!). Overall, it is a place to be a creative in a space where you know everyone around you gets what being queer means, no need for explanations!

Limited spots available. Email to join.

We meet Wednesday evenings,  fortnightly. 

After school creative writing groups
for children and young people

With creative writing classes your young people will learn how to nurture their ideas and gain the skills to turn them into great stories. From how to form characters, to descriptive language and world building—your child will learn it all.

Upper primary (yrs 4-6)
1hr: Mondays 4:00-5:00

Junior high (yrs 7-9)
1hr: Mondays 5:00-6:00

Senior high (yrs 10-12)
1hr: Wednesdays 4:00-5:00

Limited spots available. Email to secure your place.

91B Grose St, North Parramatta 2151

Casual $18 per session or
9 lesson card for $110 (equivalent to one term of classes)
Each participant will have a membership card that will be punched each week of attendance, make up workshops will be provided for classes missed*.
*Must be claimed within 3 months of missed session/s.

Term 2 – Monday 29 April to Friday 5 July
Start from week 2 (Week 6th -10th May)
10th June Public Holiday.

Term 3 – Monday 22 July to Friday 27 September
Start from week 2 (Week 29th July – 2nd Aug)

Term 4 – Monday 14 October to Friday 20 December
Start from week 2 (Week 21st Oct – 25th Oct)

Term 3 Schedule. docx


Rawah Arja
Facilitator for yrs 4-9

Rawah studied a Masters of Teaching at Western Sydney University with a recent scholarship to complete her doctorate in Education at The University of Notre Dame. She had been shortlisted for the Charlotte Waring Barton Award CBCA NSW. Her debut YA novel will be published by Giramondo, to be released this year. Her passion is to write authentic stories that give diverse groups a voice and a sense of belonging and to explore the Muslim identity.

Michelle Hamadache
Facilitator for yrs 10-12

Michelle Hamadache teaches creative writing and English Literature at Macquarie University. She has had publications in Australian and international journals, and was fiction reader, then editor at Southerly. She is currently fiction editor at Mascara Literary Review.




West Side Poetry Slam is an open mic night where you can sign up on the night and perform/read an original piece of writing to open minds, hearts, and arms. Random audience members score just for the fun of it and you could win a support feature slot at the next slam. Other performance art forms are also welcome. Anything can be poetry.

Feature Act – Pola Fanous
Pola Fanous is a Christian Poet, Artist and Educator who has performed and taught Australia-wide. An Egyptian-born immigrant, he has spent the last 7 years utilising Spoken Word to reach and teach and serve. Pola has performed at the Sydney Opera House, The Parliament House of Australia and is the 2018 NSW Poetry Slam Champion. His first book of poetry: “STRONGSOFT” is out now and can be purchased on

Support feature – Judith Zhu
Judith Zhu is a 19 year old student studying Arts & Science at UNSW. She is existentially lost and confused on how to navigate through life between two cultures as an Australian Born Chinese. Her poetry consists of the experiences within her life and the raw sensations of feeling.

Wednesday 20th November. Sign up at 6:30pm. Start at 7pm.
 WestWords Centre for Writing, 91B Grose St, North Parramatta.
$10 entry fee for adults and $5 for concession/students. Pay at event.

Death, Honesty, Menopause & the Kitchen Sink

WestWords November Poets’ Corner guest is Ali Whitelock! She will be reading and talking to the theme “Death, Honesty, Menopause & the Kitchen Sink”.

Ali Whitelock is a Scottish poet and writer living on the south coast of Sydney with her French chain smoking husband. Her debut poetry collection,‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’ was published in 2018 by Wakefield Press, Adelaide, with a forthcoming UK edition by Polygon, Edinburgh in 2020. Her 2nd collection, ‘the lactic acid in the calves of your despair’ will be published by Wakefield Press in March 2020 and her memoir,‘Poking seaweed with a stick and running away from the smell’ was launched to critical acclaim in Australia and the UK in 2009. Her poems have appeared in The Moth Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, The Glasgow Review of Books, The Pittsburgh Quarterly, The Tahoma Literary Review and all sorts of other rather fabulous places. You can read more about Ali right here

When: 28th Nov 7pm
Cost: Free (bookings optional- email
Where: WestWords Centre for Writing, 91b Grose St North Parramatta


Poet’s Corner will be returning every last Thursday of the month in 2020. The first one will be on February 27th. Details to come!



Every writers’ concern, no matter the stage of their career, is whether or not their writing is good enough. Often this requires another pair of eyes to assist the writer in considering how and what to change and improve the work. As a result, WestWords is now offering consultations and assessments of your work. Every year, WestWords works with approximately 100 writers, illustrators and editors. We will endeavour to find you the right match for you and your work.


  • 30 – 60 minute online (Skype or similar) manuscript assessments or consultations. (no more than 1000 words of work for the consultant to read for the first consultancy.)
  • Cancellation within less than 24 hours would lead to forfeiture of fee.
  • Subsequent consultations would be scheduled by mutual agreement between client and consultant.
    Non-student rate Student rate
    First assessment (60 min) $100 $85
    Subsequent consultation (60 min) $100 $85

    Please email us at or call 02 8677 4815 to arrange a consultation.
    What you will need to have ready is your 1,000 words, the genre your working in, context for the piece (eg synopsis), writing experience and what you would like to have feedback on.