Young Writers' Day
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.
Young Writers' Day was first run in 2010. This academic and creative enrichment program has been highly-rated by participants and accompanying school staff. It is designed for students who are interested in writing as a career, for enjoyment or to help achieve educational goals. The event also aims to raise the profile of writing, and acknowledge the potential and achievements of young writers in the Greater West.
Participants enjoy meeting and learning from the insights of "real life" authors and interacting with other students who are interested in writing.
Young Writers' Day also features a professional development workshop for teachers. The teacher workshops are run by presenters with expertise in teaching creative writing and the NSW English curriculum. They focus on strategies and resources, and are accredited by the NSW Institute of Teachers. As well as the professional learning, teachers enjoy networking and sharing ideas with others in the same field.
There is a post-event writing competition for the students, with prizes including up to five conditional academic excellence scholarships for future study at Western.