Parramatta public program


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.

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.

When:
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)
90 mins: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Limited spots available. Email hajer@westwords.com.au to secure your place.

Where:
91B Grose St, North Parramatta 2151

Cost:
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.

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)

Term 3 Schedule. docx

Facilitators

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.

 


EVENTS

Introducing
West Side Poetry Slam!

An open mic night on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. 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.

 


When
16th Oct Sign up at 6:30pm. Start at 7pm.
Where
 WestWords Centre for Writing, 91B Grose St, North Parramatta.
Cost
$10 entry fee for adults and $5 for concession/students. Pay at event.


‘Memory as Place’

WestWords October Poets’ Corner guest is Omar Sakr! He will be reading and talking to the theme of “Memory as Place”.

Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney. His debut collection, These Wild Houses (Cordite), was shortlisted for the QLD Literary Awards and the Kenneth Slessor Prize for poetry. His new book, The Lost Arabs (UQP), is out now and has a US edition forthcoming. Published in English, Arabic, and Spanish, Omar’s poetry has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies worldwide, including most recently in the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day series. Omar is the 2019 recipient of the Edward Stanley Award for Poetry.

When: 31st Oct 7pm
Cost: Free (bookings optional- email hajer@westwords.com.au)
Where: WestWords Centre for Writing, 91b Grose St North Parramatta


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.