WestWords Workshops

Sunday Afternoon Creative Writing with Sarah Ayoub

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.

When: 2-5pm, 30 June/7 July/14 July
Cost: $135 (3 x 2.5hr sessions)
Send EOIs to admin@westwords.com.au

Sarah Ayoub

Sarah Ayoub is a  freelance journalist and author based in Sydney, Australia.

Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Marie-Claire, ELLE, Sunday Life, Girlfriend, Cosmopolitan, House & Garden, Sunday Style, Yen, CLEO and more, and she has spoken at numerous industry events including the Sydney Writer’s Festival, Emerging Writer’s Festival, Children’s and Young Adult’s Writer’s Festival, Children’s Book Council of Australia Conference and more.

Her novels Hate is Such a Strong Word and The Yearbook Committee are contemporary stories of identity, belonging and discovery. She regularly speaks at schools and writer’s festivals about identity and self-worth in YA fiction, and is passionate about empowering young people to see the value in their own personal stories.

Sarah has a Master of Media Practice from Sydney University and teaches Journalism at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, where she is currently a PhD candidate exploring the representations of migrant girls in Australian YA literature.

Sarah decided to pursue a career in journalism at the age of ten after realising that, like Lois Lane and Vicky Vale, it was always the reporter that got the superhero. She loves purses, pastries and Paris, and welcomes a cure of any sort to her substance abuse problems.


Kids Holiday Illustration Workshop with Liz Anelli

Liz Anelli is an award winning illustrator and artist from Newcastle, and will be conducting school holiday illustration workshops in the Blacktown area on Tuesday 9 July. Contact James for more information – james@westwords.com.au or 0410 588 201.



When: Tuesday 9 July
Where: TBA
Cost: $50

To book you can directly transfer the money straight to our bank account:

BSB:  062223
Account #: 1122 2560
Please make sure you write: Liz Anelli-(*insert name of child*)

Blue Mountains

(SOLD OUT) Song Writing Workshops

We are very excited to announce that Australian music legend and acclaimed guitarist Eliot Reynolds (Matt Finish, Images, Sideshow Annie) is teaming up with WestWords to present a series of three songwriting workshops in Katoomba. The participants will be guided through such areas of knowledge as chord progression, song structure, lyric writing, and various approaches to putting together that killer track. Some basic proficiency in guitar or keyboard is needed, but you don’t need to be a virtuoso – just someone who wants to write great songs.

Where: The Den 24/7, (under Gallery ONE88) 186-188 Katoomba St, Katoomba
When: Thurs 30 May, Thurs 13 June, and Thurs 27 June, 7-9pm (each a fortnight apart).


Coming Soon. Watch this space!


Full Parramatta April-May-June Program here