Stanhope Scribblers

A fun writers’ group for young people who are looking for inspiration and to improve their creative writing skills.

Facilitator: Barbara Politis
Barbara Politis is an emerging writer from Western Sydney. In addition to winning a number of award-winning short stories, Barbara has published one novel – “A Place Called Limbo” – and has had a second accepted for publication.

When: Saturdays 2-3pm
When: Dennis Johnson Library, Stanhope Gardens
Cost: Free
Email poeticbarb@gmail.com for any enquiries and to join. 13 yrs. and under


Award-winning writer and Creative Writing teacher, James Roy, is available for informal chat about all things writing.
No appointment necessary
Check-in with Library information desk staff

Max Webber Library, Blacktown
When: 1st Wednesday of every month

Dennis Johnson Stanhope Garden Library
When: 2nd Wednesday of every month

Mount Druitt Library
When: 3rd Wednesday of every month



Personal Stories with Fiona Wright

This workshop, with poet and essayist Fiona Wright (Small Acts of Disappearance, The World Was Whole), explores some ways in which you can craft compelling writing – in any form – from raw experience and the detail of everyday life, to ensure your life-writing matters to other people, as well as yourself.

Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic. Her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award and the Queensland Literary Award for non-fiction. Her poetry collections are Knuckled, which won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and Domestic Interior, which was shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary AwardHer new essay collection is The World Was Whole.

This masterclass is intended for adults and senior secondary students.

When: Sunday 18 August, 10am-12pm
Where: Max Webber Library, Blacktown
Cost: $45 | $33 concession/student

To secure your space, email hajer@westwords.com.au, or call 02 8677 4815