Photo description: 12 members of the West Writers Group standing on stage in front of a pink background at their MWF event held in Deakin Edge, Federation Square
Photo By: Grace Feng, August 25th, 2018
West Writers Group is a collective of marginalised writers based in Melbourne’s Western Suburbs and is hosted by Footscray Community Arts Centre. Each member is varied by way of race, class, ability, gender, sexuality and education. They are storytellers who aim to decolonise space and dismantle patriarchal systems, and who are changing the literary landscape to make it more inclusive. They hope to inspire, lead, and challenge the status quo to make it more inclusive for the next generation of writers, and next generation of West Writers Group members. West Writers Group uses workshops to collectively improve each other’s skills, sharing those skills with their community, and developing new projects. They are currently lead and facilitated by FCAC’s Jasmeet Sahi.
Collectively, the West Writers Group have performed at various literary events including but not limited to Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and West Writers Forum. Individually, members have been published widely online and in print, performed for numerous events, and had their work performed and acted on screen and on stage. Many members have also participated in residencies both nationally and internationally, as well as receiving accolades and recognition for their work.
West Writers Group is open to hearing from arts organisations, publishers and individuals in the literary field who would like to collaborate or speak further on potential projects. Please see our Contact Us page for more information.
West Writers Group hopes to see all kinds of stories to be popularly thought of as Australian stories.