Westwords Schools’ Program

WestWords offers a number of programs and activities for schools (primary and secondary), including Writers in Residence, author visits, writing workshops and professional learning for teachers. We are very well aware of the pressures that teachers are under with the relentless demands of school life and meeting all the complex requirements of education today. The programs we run impose very little extra workload for staff as we do all the booking and organising.

Writer in Residence (W in R)

A group of students works with an author for 5 x 1hour sessions to develop writing skills. This can be around a theme determined in consultation with us and the school. Cost $1100 (+GST)

Publication Program

From the W in R program, we can organise to publish the students’ writing incorporating either artwork by students at the school or we can enlist the skills of an illustrator. We do all the organisation for this. Cost depends on number of pages and how many copies are required. When we ran a similar program at Bidwill PS in the latter part of 2020, we had a book launch and presented each student with their own copy of the book. This publication (and those of some other schools) can be found on our website: LINK TO SCHOOLS PUBLICATION PAGE

Author Visits

At a cost of $220 per hour (+GST) we can offer author visits to suit your students. Research supporting the benefits of author visits can be found in recent research from National Literacy Trust UK. https://literacytrust.org.uk/news/our-new-report-finds-that-author-visits-to-schools-boost-children-and-young-peoples-literacy

Author visit + writing workshop

(2 hours)- $450 (+GST)

Multiple workshop sessions

these could be for a whole year group with one author doing a series of workshops throughout the day or we could bring in a couple of different authors to address different writing types.


Whole school author visits – one author for each stage using local authors that engage students and teachers in a quality literature activity. In 2021, three authors(Tohby Riddle, Michel Streich and Lesley Gibbes) delivered simultaneous presentations at three western Sydney schools over one day.

Professional Learning for teachers

his can include working with teachers to develop strategies in the use of literature within their classrooms; team teaching; demonstration lessons; writing workshops; writing groups. We work with schools to design programs to meet the needs of staff and students.

These are samples of what we can organise. We work closely with schools to design activities that best meet school goals and we are quite flexible. As we are largely funded and sponsored by grants, all our programs are substantially subsidised to enable schools to participate. We are happy to discuss financial arrangements with you further if needed.

We also have access to various teacher resources