2019 Girls Write Up – Western Sydney

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GWU Western Sydney 2019 : ‘What’s Your Story?’
Shaping the stories of past, present and future

Thursday 7th February 2019
9.30am – 2.30pm

Greater Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre
Plumpton High School
141 Hyatts Rd, Plumpton NSW 2761


Girls Write Up is for anyone who has felt limited by their gender and wants to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower. It is an inclusive event open to all teens.

Over the day, authors, activists, poets and other creative thinkers will share the ways they have used their writing to define their identities and shape the world around them. The program explores the relationship between language, gender and power, and the effects of unconscious bias on our sense of self. Girls Write Up gives participants the opportunity to discover their own creative voice, equipping them with the skills and the confidence to use it.

To be held at Greater Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre on Thursday 7 February, Girls Write Up Western Sydney will feature presentations, panels and hands-on workshops by a range of inspiring writers including Randa Abdel-Fattah, Winnie Dunn, Lorin Elizabeth, Kirli Saunders and Sarah Ayoub.


This event will take place in various locations at the Greater Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre .

Participants should all arrive at The Cube no later than 8.30am to register. On arrival, Girls Write Up participants will be greeted by Stella and/or library staff.

Participants will be escorted to workshop venues over the course of the day by Stella staff.


Each student will have the opportunity to attend one workshop on the day. Workshops are open only to teens.

Who can attend?

Girls Write Up is for all teens. It is for everyone who is interested in learning more about the relationship between language, gender and power, and in developing their own creative voice.

Girls Write Up is feminist, intersectional and inclusive. We encourage young people of all genders, sexualities, and cultural and racial backgrounds to attend. We are committed to ensuring that the Girls Write Up events are accessible and we encourage people with disability to attend –  see ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION below.

Whatever your previous level of writing experience and engagement, Girls Write Up is for you if you have ever felt limited by your gender and want to understand how language can be used to liberate and empower.

Teachers and carers can also attend.

Accessibility information

Please advise us in advance if you require wheelchair access so that we can ensure appropriate setup of the rooms.

All keynotes, panels and workshops can be Auslan interpreted, as required. If you are an Auslan user, please inform us which sessions you will be attending so we can ensure an interpreter will be present.

Please contact us at schools@thestellaprize.com.au to inform us of any other access needs. 


What do I need to bring with me?

Just yourself and your ideas! All attendees will be sent an info pack ahead of the event, with further information about what to expect.

Will lunch be provided?

Lunch will not be provided. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own lunch as options for purchasing lunch may be limited.