• poetry slam workshops Penrith 2014

    Youth Performance Poetry workshops: April 22 and 24

      Teenagers 14-18 are invited to attend 2 poetry writing and performance workshops these coming school holidays. The workshops will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 April from 11am-2pm. The second workshop will build on skills developed in the first, so preference will be given to young […]

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    Blacktown Young Writers’ Groups Seeks New Members

    Our Blacktown Young Writers’ Group, which has been meeting since 2013, is seeking new members for 2014 and beyond. This unique group provides an opportunity for Western Sydney writers aged 14-18 years to intensely focus and strengthen their creative skills. The program includes weekly creative writing workshops, masterclasses with a range of writers for young […]

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    A Tinklerish Thing to Do

    We love the new series The Tinklers Three from Aussie author Meredith Badger—and we think you will, too! Meredith writes here about the Tinklerish things her young daughter does that inspires her to write about Mila, Marcus and Turtle Tinkler, three siblings from a circus family who experience the world a little differently from the […]

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    Nathan Luff’s Inspiring Life

    Nathan Luff is a self-described children’s author, playwright and hands-stander extraordinaire. We think we’ll be the judge of that last one, but we agree that he’s one of our favourite kids’ authors, PLUS he’s a friend and colleague of WestWords, as an arts worker here in western Sydney. We asked Nathan to tell us about […]

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    In the Pink: An Interview with Lili Wilkinson

    Lili Wilkinson was first published at the age of 13 in Voiceworks magazine. After finishing university, she worked for some years at the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, where she managed the Inside a Dog website. She is now a full time writer with more than 7 books to her name, […]

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    Lisa Forrest—The Mystery and Magic of Storytelling

    Lisa Forrest was once most famous for being an Olympic swimmer, and Captain of the Olympic swim team at just 16 years of age. These days, she’s known to thousands of young readers as the author of fantastic YA novels including Making the Most of It, djmAx and her exciting new novel Inheritance. Here, Lisa describes […]

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    Family, Friends and Animal Adventures: Belinda Murrell

    We’re very pleased to welcome Belinda Murrell to the WestWords website, and to hear all about her latest books. We know the Lulu Bell books are going to be a big hit with younger readers who love animal stories, while Belinda’s middle grade novel The River Charm will appeal to fans of historical fiction and […]

  • AGNSW workshop “Busting to be Found” where students made a bust using nothing but found objects such as toilet rolls, coffee cups and plastic bags.

    FOUND: The Art of Recycling

    Here at WestWords we’re great believers in the way different art forms—writing, illustration, visual arts and crafts, photography and performance—can all come together in the most creative of ways. Often own workshop programs include storytelling through a whole range of art forms, and we’re very keen also on sustainability and encourage all of our presenters […]

WestWords engages children and young people in Greater Western Sydney by encouraging an appreciation of story and storymaking in a variety of forms and by promoting the understanding of the importance of books in the lives of young people. WestWords is committed to providing an environment where the stories of the communities of Western Sydney and the places they come from are celebrated.
We believe that engagement with reading and writing allows young people to develop their imagination, hone their creative skills and give voice to their experiences.
Since 2007, WestWords has reached more than 4000 children and young adults through programs in schools, public libraries and cultural and community organisations.
WestWords is proudly supported by Arts NSW, Blacktown City Council and the Australia Council for the Arts.

poetry slam workshops Penrith 2014

Youth Performance Poetry workshops: April 22 and 24

  Teenagers 14-18 are invited to attend 2 poetry writing and performance workshops these coming school holidays. The workshops will be held at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre on Tuesday 22 and Thursday 24 April from 11am-2pm. The second workshop will build on skills developed in the first, so preference will be given to young […]

Young Writers Group 2014 A4

Blacktown Young Writers’ Groups Seeks New Members

Our Blacktown Young Writers’ Group, which has been meeting since 2013, is seeking new members for 2014 and beyond. This unique group provides an opportunity for Western Sydney writers aged 14-18 years to intensely focus and strengthen their creative skills. The program includes weekly creative writing workshops, masterclasses with a range of writers for young […]

Tinklers Three

A Tinklerish Thing to Do

We love the new series The Tinklers Three from Aussie author Meredith Badger—and we think you will, too! Meredith writes here about the Tinklerish things her young daughter does that inspires her to write about Mila, Marcus and Turtle Tinkler, three siblings from a circus family who experience the world a little differently from the […]