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.

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.

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

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.

Casual $18 per session
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

Senior high (yrs 10-12)
90 mins: Tuesdays 4:00-5:30

Limited spots available. Email to secure your place.

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.

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.




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.

21st AugustSign 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.

“Poetry as Autobiography”
Tricia Dearborn

In 2019, WestWords will be holding a poetry night on the last Thursday of every month at WestWords’ Centre for Writing commencing .This series, convened by David Adès will showcase some of our most respected poets.

Thank you to everyone who came to July’s Poets’ Corner featuring Jennifer Compton! It was a lovely night!
August’s Poets’ Corner guest is Tricia Dearborn! She will be reading and talking to the theme of “Poetry as Autobiography”.


Tricia Dearborn’s latest collection, Autobiochemistry, was released by UWA Publishing in February 2019. Her chapbook She Reconsiders Life on the Run (International Poetry Studies Institute) is due out in October. Her poetry is featured in anthologies such as The Best Australian Science Writing 2019 (forthcoming), Contemporary Australian Poetry, Australian Poetry since 1788 and The Best Australian Poems 2012 and 2010. Tricia is on the editorial board of Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics. She has been a guest at the Queensland Poetry Festival, the Sydney Writers’ Festival and the Newcastle Writers’ Festival, and will be a Poet in Residence at the University of Canberra’s Poetry on the Move 2019 festival. She is a judge of this year’s University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize.

When: 29th August 7pm
Cost: Free (bookings optional- email
Where: WestWords Centre for Writing, 91b Grose St North Parramatta



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.



Blue Mountains Program here.
Blacktown program here.

Information about our other projects and opportunities including residencies, fellowships, competitions click here: WW Pinerolo Emerging Illustrators’ Fellowships, Beast.Belly.Beast, Postcard Stories

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