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The School

Western Sydney University, formerly the University of Western Sydney, is an Australian multi-campus university in the Greater Western region of Sydney. It is a provider of undergraduate, postgraduate and higher research degrees with campuses in Bankstown, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury, Parramatta, and Penrith. It is currently ranked in the top 400 in the world in the 2014 QS World University Rankings and 19th in Australia in 2015.

The Project

Each year, talented young writers hone their skills in the company of like-minded peers at Young Writers' Day (YWD).  Year 10 and 11 students from Greater Western Sydney schools gather to hear a keynote address from a prominent author, with the opportunity for Q&A.  They then take part in two workshops each, with a wide choice of topics across different genres and aspects of writing.  All the workshops are run by published authors, including many award-winners.

Red Room Workshops

Storytelling - From Idea to First Draft
Anna Westbrook

Write Breathe Perform - A taste of poetry
Candy Royalle

Poetry: An unreliable truth
Eunice Andrada

Locating Unusual Narratives
Lilly Blue

Triggers to Interior Worlds
Richard James Allen

Forever Rising: Expressing your journey through word
L-FRESH The Lion

The Poet

Richard James Allen

Richard James Allen is an Australian born poet whose writing has appeared widely in journals, anthologies, and online over many years. His latest volume of poetry, The short story of you and I, is forthcoming from UWA Publishing in February 2019. Previous critically acclaimed books of poetry, fiction and performance texts include Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Flying Island Books), The Kamikaze Mind (Brandl & Schlesinger) and Thursday’s Fictions (Five Islands Press), shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. Former Artistic Director of the Poets Union Inc., and director of the inaugural Australian Poetry Festival, Richard also co-edited the landmark anthology, Performing the Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts (Currency Press/RealTime). Richard is well known for his innovative adaptations and interactions of poetry and other media, including collaborations with artists in dance, film, theatre, music and a range of new media platforms. The recipient of numerous awards, nominations, and grants, as well as opportunities for presentations, screenings and broadcasts, in a unique international career as a critically acclaimed writer, director, choreographer and performer for stage and screen, he graduated with First Class Honours for his B.A. at Sydney University and won the Chancellor’s Award for most outstanding PhD thesis at the University of Technology, Sydney.

For further information, see the websites of The Physical TV Company, the Australian Poetry Library and IMDb.