Workshop to aid chance of winning writing prize

DO you or does the young person in your life have a great imagination and would like a bit of help unleashing creativity with the chance to win cash or a great prize?

The Living Stories Western Sydney Writing Prize is an annual writing competition with a prize pool of over $8,000 including age category winners and it’s an opportunity to tell your story, responding to this year’s theme, ‘Over The Line’.
Hosted by WestWords and WestLit Libraries, there are two parts to Living Stories – the short story (500 words) and poetry competition and creative writing workshops this month.
WestWords Executive Director Michael Campbell said ‘Over The Line’ could mean different things to different people.
“Sometimes an argument goes too far – what’s been said can’t be taken back, does the line divide or keep you safe, do your regret crossing it or are you brave enough to climb the fence between thoughts or places,” he said.
Transforming ideas into words on a page can be difficult and daunting but he said choosing that right word, structuring your thoughts to carry the reader on the journey, was a craft that could be learnt.
“The workshops provide tips from published writers on how to transform your story or poem into being the most effective piece of writing it can be,” he said.
To help you on your way, the workshops are on at Granville Library on Tuesday, April 16, for ages 10-12 years, and Tuesday, April 23, for 18 years and over.
Entries close at midnight on Monday, May 6; for more info and to enter, go to
Free but bookings essential for the workshops; register early by calling 8757 9061 or