Living stories

Living stories
Events; Library Services

Writing Workshops

Westwords, as part of the Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize 2023, will be offering free creative writing workshops for ages 10 and up, presented by a professional author. You can write a poem, story or essay, relating to this year's theme the other city. There is an overall prizepool of $10,000.

Adults (18+)
Where: Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre. 
When: Monday 17 April 2023 
Time: 10.30am-12pm 
Presenter: Adam Byatt
Adam is a high school teacher corrupting the youth of tomorrow by teaching them Shakespeare. He is a writer, artist and drummer, and was the overall winner of Westwords Living Stories in 2022.
Bookingsphone 97079701  or contact us

Ages 16-18
Where:  Campsie Library and Knowledge Centre
When: Wednesday 12 April
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Presenter: Wai Chim
Wai Chim is the Chinese-American-Australian author of a number of children's and YA titles including Freedom Swimmer and most recently The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, which was a Kirkus Prize Finalist in the US and was short-listed for the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards. She appeared as a contestant on Australian Survivor: Brain vs Brawn.
Bookings: call 9707 9704 or book online.

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Where: Lakemba Library and Knowledge Centre
When: Thursday 13 April
Time: 2pm-3.30pm
Presenter: Lisa Nicol 
Lisa Nicol is an internationally published, award-winning writer and documentary-maker. Her feature Wide Open Sky about a children's choir won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival and is now streaming on Netflix. Her charming and funny novel Dr Boogaloo and The Girl Who Lost Her Laughter was a 2018 CBCA Notable, Shenzhen Reading Month, Top Ten Children's Books of the Year 2021 and is currently being adapted for the screen as a musical. Her 2019 middle grade novel Vincent and The Grandest Hotel on Earth has drawn comparisons to Roald Dahl and Kate DiCamillo and been described as a modern classic. Her third novel, The What on Earth Institute of Wonder was shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award 2022. Lisa lives in Sydney with two out of her three children and a dusty old dog who smells worse than an elephant fart.
Bookings: call 9707 9704 or book online.

Ages 10-12
Where: Riverwood Library and Knowledge Centre
When: Wednesday 19 April
Time: 2.30pm-4pm
Presenter: John Larkin
John Larkin is a multi-award winning author. His 2012 novel The Shadow Girl won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award while The Pause won the 2015 Queensland Literary Award and was short-listed for the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Older Readers. He is the writer-in-residence at Knox Grammar School, University of Technology Sydney, and All Saints Grammar School (Gold Coast). 
Bookings: call 9707 9704 or book online.

This is your opportunity to tell your story. Submit your competition entry online to or email for more information. 
Entries close at midnight on Sunday 30th April 2023