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Youth Week 2021 Events

Theme: Together more than ever

Living Stories Competition

Thursday, 1 April - Sunday, 2 May

The Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize is a writing competition for residents of Western Sydney.

Western Sydney is a place that has changed in the past, is changing right now, and will continue to change into the future. Some of those changes have been traumatic and painful, others have been full of joy, relief, and new beginnings. Ours is a dynamic place made up of intersecting yet distinct communities, each bringing with it a rich mosaic of history, complexity and stories.

This is your opportunity to tell your Western Sydney story, responding to the theme Are We Here Yet?

Your poem, story or personal essay will be judged locally, with category winners going on to vie for the overall prize.

Categories are 10 - 12 years; 13 - 15 years; 16 - 18 years; and adults (18+).
Entries close midnight, Sunday 2nd May 2021, and can only be submitted online.
*In partnership with WestLit Libraries & WestWords

Location: City of Parramatta Libraries – all libraries
Ages: 10 to 25 years
Cost: Free
Bookings:  Bookings not required        


Living Stories Workshops

Decided to enter the Living Stories competition but not sure where to start? Do you have a story to tell? Do you love writing?

Do you feel excited when you think about putting words down, and having them really mean something? Would you like to be able to write better, and to learn from the best?

If you answered yes, then you’re in luck, because WestWords & WestLit Libraries in conjunction with us, as part of the 2021 Living Stories Competition, are offering a creative writing workshop.

This workshop is intended to help writers gain confidence and skills in their creative writing. (And if you should miss out on these events, all is not lost – WestWords will be putting together free online workshops for each of the age groups, as well as a poetry workshop, so you will still be able to access tips, advice and inspiring ideas from professional artists.)
* In partnership with WestLit Libraries & WestWords

Location: Epping Library

Date: Tuesday 13 April
Time: 4.30pm - 6.00pm
Ages: 10 to 15 years
Cost: Free
Bookings: Register online. Bookings online essential

Location: Parramatta Library

Date: Wednesday 14 April
Time: 10.30am - 12.00pm
Ages: 10 - 15 years
Cost: Free
Bookings: Register online. Bookings online essential

Youth Week Craft Kit – 11 to 14 years

Available from Friday 16 April - Friday 23 April
Celebrate Youth Week and pick up our special Youth Week Craft kit. Try out some colourful origami, work on a tangram, and enjoy some fun puzzles. While stocks last. 

Location: Parramatta Library
Ages: 11-14 years
Cost: Free