WestWords Three-Day Creative Writing Program for Orange Teens Will Result in Published Work | West Central Daily

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Orange’s creative TEENAGES, whose writing brings the pages to life, probably won’t want to miss this one. WestWords, a Sydney-based literary organization, will be heading to the city with some professional writers to lead a free three-day workshop from April 11-13 – the first week of the Easter school holidays. The “Writers on the Road” program targets ages 12 to 18, with places allocated to 16 to 24 young people, who will work in three groups of approximately five to eight people. Each group will work alongside one of three award-winning writers – James Roy, Jane Burke and Phillip Gwynne – all of whom are best-selling authors currently working in support of the regional WestWords initiative. An online introductory and brainstorming session will take place a week before the group arrives, where participating teens will have the chance to brainstorm and express what they want to base the theme of their stories on. The end game is to publish each young writer’s stories in an anthology, which is a collection of combined works, including their involvement in the online launch of their related podcast – which will go public in the first half of June, in the middle of the year. Marang Gunya, Glenroi’s community center on Oxley Place, will host the three-day program from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., which will include a mix of group work, discussions and workshops. Following this, completed pieces will need to be submitted by April 22, where participating teens will then receive feedback and edits by May 2. The design and printing of their stories will have an end date of June 3, where hard copies of the works will then be distributed to participants ahead of the online launch event before June 17. The program is also presented in partnership with Orange Aboriginal Medical Service, Orange Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, Create NSW and Office for Regional Youth. To register your interest in the writing workshop, send an email including the participant’s name, age and parent or guardian information to author James Roy at [email protected] For more information about the program, go online to the WestWords website. To read more stories, download the Central Western Daily news app from the Apple Store or Google Play. WANT TO HAVE YOUR WORD? Send a letter to the editor using the form below: