Parramatta public program

April, May & June

WRITING GROUPS

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!

FREE
Limited spots available. Email hajer@westwords.com.au to join.

First facilitator
Allison Gallagher

allison gallagher is a writer and poet born and currently living in Sydney, Australia. Their chapbook parenthetical bodies was released in 2017 by subbed in. Their poems have appeared in places like overland, potluck, scum mag and moonsick, while other writing has appeared on i-d, the sydney morning herald and junkee, among others. They also sing and play bass in the emo-pop band sports bra. They can be found on twitter at @allisongallaghr.

Dates:
Thursdays, 6:30pm

28th Feb

9th May
14th March 23rd May
28th March 6th June
11th April 20th June
25th April

Second facilitator
Erin Gough

Erin Gough is a fiction writer whose short stories have been published in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Stories, The Age, Overland, Southerly and Going Down Swinging. Her novel for young adults, The Flywheel, won Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize and was published in February 2015.
Erin’s second novel, Amelia Westlake, was published in April 2018. It won the Readings Young Adult Book prize in July 2018. It will be published this year in the US by Little, Brown. In 2016, The Flywheel was long listed for the Indie Book Awards and short listed for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards (Older Readers) and the Gold Inky Awards. It was also named a White Raven International Youth Library title. The Flywheel was published in Germany in 2016 and in the US in April 2017 under the title Get it Together, Delilah!
You can find Erin on Facebook and Twitter

Dates:
Wednesdays 6:30pm

July 3rd Sept 11th
July 17th Sept 25th
July 31st Oct 9th

After school creative writing groups for children and young people

Creative writing is a crucial skill that increases critical thinking and empathy. With creative writing classes for primary and high school aged kids your child can hone this skill! 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.

Pricing 
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.

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

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

Term 2 Yrs 4-9 After School Creative Writing Groups

May 6, 2019
4:00 PM
Term 2 Yrs 4-9 After School Creative Writing Groups
Upcoming Dates:
May 6, 2019
4:00 PM
May 13, 2019
4:00 PM
May 20, 2019
4:00 PM
May 27, 2019
4:00 PM
June 3, 2019
4:00 PM
June 10, 2019
4:00 PM
June 17, 2019
4:00 PM
June 24, 2019
4:00 PM
July 1, 2019
4:00 PM
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Senior high (yrs 10-12)
90 mins: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Term 2 Yrs 10-12 After School Creative Writing Groups

May 7, 2019
4:00 PM
Term 2 Yrs 10-12 After School Creative Writing Groups
Upcoming Dates:
May 7, 2019
4:00 PM
May 14, 2019
4:00 PM
May 21, 2019
4:00 PM
May 28, 2019
4:00 PM
June 4, 2019
4:00 PM
June 11, 2019
4:00 PM
June 18, 2019
4:00 PM
June 25, 2019
4:00 PM
July 2, 2019
4:00 PM
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Limited spots available. Email hajer@westwords.com.au to secure your place.

Structure:
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)

Download Term 2 Schedule Here

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.

Tanya Vavilova
Facilitator for yrs 10-12

Tanya Vavilova is interested in telling stories about outsiders, outcasts and misfits–about life in the shadows or margins of society. She was born in Moscow and grew up in the Western suburbs of Sydney. Her debut collection of essays We are Speaking in Code is forthcoming from Brio in early 2020. She teaches English and creative writing to both primary and high school students across different schools and locations.


      Picture book writing and illustrating group

The 2018 3-week Making Picture Books workshop with Wayne Harris was such a success that in 2019, WestWords presents:

      Making Picture Books part 2 with Alison Giles

A workshop working towards a first draft of a completed Picture Book over 5 weeks. The five weeks will guide you through beginning to end of the Picture Book making process.
May 2019 (dates will be confirmed in the coming weeks. Please check out our newsletter, Facebook and website for updates)

Structure:
The first and third session will be facilitated by author/illustrator Alison Giles. The second and fourth will be a meet up of just participants working on the assigned work in each other’s company. The final session will be with a children’s book publisher giving industry insight and feedback.

FREE
Adult writing and illustrating group.
Limited spots available. Email hajer@westwords.com.au to join.

Facilitator
Alison Giles

“After leaving high school I trained as a fashion designer and I worked in Melbourne and Perth for a number of years. I then decided to change careers, return to university and complete a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Aboriginal and Intercultural Studies and English.”

I have worked as a secondary and primary teacher, a teacher-librarian, a music teacher, an art teacher, an ESL specialist and an Indigenous Specialist teacher in the Kimberley (WA). After twenty years of teaching I studied for my Masters in Clinical Counselling. My last ‘normal’ job was as a college counsellor in an inner-Sydney Islamic school. This allowed me to combine narrative and art therapy – and I really enjoyed that! ‘


ADULT WORKSHOPS


Sunday Afternoon Creative Writing

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 trappings of our path to progress. Dead sentences take root in our keyboards, clichés cling to our fingertips, and the riches of our imaginations seem always just beyond grammatical reach.

Dates: 2-5pm, two Sundays in June. Further info out soon. (Please check out our newsletter, Facebook and website for updates)
Cost: $95 for two, 3hr sessions.
Send EOIs to admin@westwords.com.au


EVENTS


Intro to Digital Publishing: in conversation with Adina West

Join us for a conversation with Adina West on the world of digital publishing.

When: 14th May
Price: $10 Entry (bookings essential- email hajer@westwords.com.au)
Where: WestWords Centre for Writing, 91b Grose St North Parramatta

Adina West is the Sydney-based author of Dark Child. Published for a worldwide digital audience by Pan Macmillan’s Momentum imprint. Her darkly addictive paranormal fantasy tale was serialized for release from 2013-2015 and caused a sensation on the digital charts in Australia, the UK and New Zealand.
Adina has shared her unique perspective on serialized digital publication at the Sydney Writer’s Festival’s Forest for the Trees event. She has been a guest speaker at several Writing NSW events, including presenting to Emily Maguire’s Year of the Novel participants, and as a panelist exploring the digital publishing and digital marketing experience.
She is currently working on a new series set in the Dark Child world.

Introduction to Digital Publishing: in conversation with Adina West

May 14, 2019
7:30 PM
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May 14, 2019
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      Poets’ Corner

In 2019, WestWords will be holding a poetry night on the last Thursday of every month at WestWords’ Centre for Writing commencing 30th May at 7pm. This series, convened by David Adès will showcase some of our most respected poets, starting with Richard James Allen.

Richard James Allen is an Australian born poet whose writing has appeared widely in journals, anthologies, and online over many years.  His latest volume of poetry, The short story of you and I, was published by UWA Publishing in February 2019.  Previous critically acclaimed books of poetry, fiction and performance texts include Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Flying Island Books), The Kamikaze Mind (Brandl & Schlesinger) and Thursday’s Fictions (Five Islands Press), shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.

Former Artistic Director of the Poets Union Inc., and director of the inaugural Australian Poetry Festival, Richard is the creator of #RichardReads (https://soundcloud.com/user-387793087), an online compendium of Global Poetry, Read Aloud, and an editor of the landmark anthology, Performing the Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts (Currency Press/RealTime).

Richard is well known for his innovative adaptations and interactions of poetry and other media, including collaborations with artists in dance, film, theatre, music and a range of new media platforms.  The recipient of numerous awards, nominations, and grants, as well as opportunities for presentations, screenings and broadcasts, in a unique international career as a critically lauded writer, director, choreographer and performer for stage and screen, he graduated with First Class Honours for his B.A. at Sydney University and won the Chancellor’s Award for most outstanding PhD thesis at the University of Technology, Sydney.

When: 7pm last Thursday of every month
Price: Free (bookings essential- email hajer@westwords.com.au)
WhereWestWords Centre for Writing, 91b Grose St North Parramatta

More info will be out soon.


OTHER SERVICES

     Mentoring

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.

Assessments:

  • 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 admin@westwords.com.au 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.

 

School Holiday Creative Writing Workshop with Tamsin Janu

April 15, 2019
10:00 AM
School Holiday Creative Writing Workshop with Tamsin Janu
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10:00 AM
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Term 2 Yrs 4-9 After School Creative Writing Groups

May 6, 2019
4:00 PM
Term 2 Yrs 4-9 After School Creative Writing Groups
Upcoming Dates:
May 6, 2019
4:00 PM
May 13, 2019
4:00 PM
May 20, 2019
4:00 PM
May 27, 2019
4:00 PM
June 3, 2019
4:00 PM
June 10, 2019
4:00 PM
June 17, 2019
4:00 PM
June 24, 2019
4:00 PM
July 1, 2019
4:00 PM
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Term 2 Yrs 10-12 After School Creative Writing Groups

May 7, 2019
4:00 PM
Term 2 Yrs 10-12 After School Creative Writing Groups
Upcoming Dates:
May 7, 2019
4:00 PM
May 14, 2019
4:00 PM
May 21, 2019
4:00 PM
May 28, 2019
4:00 PM
June 4, 2019
4:00 PM
June 11, 2019
4:00 PM
June 18, 2019
4:00 PM
June 25, 2019
4:00 PM
July 2, 2019
4:00 PM
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Introduction to Digital Publishing: in conversation with Adina West

May 14, 2019
7:30 PM
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Poet's corner

May 30, 2019
7:00 PM
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May 30, 2019
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WHAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO…

Blue Mountains and Blacktown program coming soon!

Information about our other projects and opportunities including residencies, fellowships, competitions click here: Youthwrite, WW Pinerolo Emerging Illustrators’ Fellowships, Beast.Belly.Beast, Postcard Stories, Shout Out to the Girls exhibition in Blacktown

And the next three months at Parramatta:
Kids School Holiday workshops
WW – PAC Comedy night
Intro to screen writing
Adult Poetry workshop
How to Present workshops