Writers’ gathering Saturday 15 April 3-5pm, upstairs at UNE Sydney, 211 Church St Parramatta. We will discuss tropes, stereotypes and POV. Open Mic for short pieces or excerpts of your original work. Don’t forget ZineWest and our Ekphrastic project!
Parramatta Expression Ekphrasis update
Our second round for Ekphrasis writing in response to Parramatta images is due 20th April. Writers new to the project can offer responses to 1-3 of the ten images. Writers who entered work in the first round, are welcome to send additional writing related to the three new images: Maria Constantinescu’s abstract – acrylic and Lake Parramatta sediment and water; Michaela Simoni’s painting of a lone canoeist inspired by Parramatta River (the project’s motif image); and the gallery’s only night scene, by Marina Robins. Full Gallery and entry form
NWG Inc Gathering 25 March 2023
Saturday, 25 March 3-5 at UNE Sydney 211 Church Street Parramatta upstairs (There is a lift!)
Join us for an informal discussion and exercise on Writing Character.
Tell us about a protagonist or the voice of a poem that impressed.
And how do writers produce a memorable person, an unforgettable voice?
Plus Open Mic – your original works are most welcome – short or an excerpt.
Image: Banisters at 211 Church Photo: Mihaela Cristescu
And meanwhile don’t forget our Ekphrasis project and your entries for ZineWest!
ZineWest’s 2023 edition is open
for entries 1st March – 14th May.
Entry is free. Up to three entries. Please read the entry form carefully for guidelines. Entry Form.
Cover image: Kathryn Munroe
ZineWest is NWG Inc’s longest lasting special project which has been a valuable stepping stone for many writers, including some very successful ones. Every year we offer publication to aspiring poets and story writers 16 and over who have a connection with Western Sydney. Comics and cartoons also welcome. Local artists do a great job of helping us produce an attractive anthology. (Art Entry form available in May.)
Queries: ZW2023_WRITING ENTRY FORM
Click here for ZW 2022 details and earlier ZW editions.
Parramatta Expression 2023 – Ekphrasis – Writing
During January we were offered images of Parramatta by local artists. It is now the turn of writers from Parramatta, and anywhere in Western Sydney, to respond with poetry or prose. You can write a response for up to 3 separate images in the gallery. Book awards.
PARRAMATTA EXPRESSION GALLERY (1)
Parramatta Expression Ekphrasis Writing Entry Form
Image by Michaela Simoni
Please read the entry form before you write. There is a brief statement of what we’re hoping for – more than just a good description of the image… Plus details on maximum words/lines.
All contributors retain full copyright. Launch is on 17 June in Parramatta. This project has been supported by a City of Parramatta Council Community Grant.
Open Mic – Valentine Theme
Blast from the past at 211 Church Street (UNE Sydney) with Sue Chamoun, Luke Carman, Sue Crawford and Carol Amos. Will be great to return in 2023!
Photo: Mihaela Cristescu
First gathering for 2023 with NEW Writers’ Group Inc Saturday 4 Feb, 3-5 pm UNE Sydney 211 Church Street Parramatta – enter at ground floor reception, let them know you are attending our event, then head upstairs to sign in. Entry $5. Free for financial members.
Introductions; Updates on our calendar and key projects for 2023; Open Mic
OPEN MIC details:
- Valentine theme – your interpretation
- Light deep comic ironic (but not crude thanks)
- No props, no music, solo only, English only
- Time limit strictly 3 mins max
- Your original work
- Book award
Note re Venue:
We do not use the kitchen or student/staff equipment.
Guests at UNE premises are allowed only bottled water on site and no food.
(We sometimes go for a drink/snack afterwards.)
Wheelchair access. There is a wheelchair lift near main entrance and internal lift.
NB Some scooters might be too large. Please contact us at least three days beforehand at re options.
COVID: Please comply with social distancing requests. Do not attend if feeling unwell or testing positive.
New to us? You are most welcome but suggest you check our About page to see our charter and other information.
NWG Inc Venue 2023
With heart-felt thanks to UNE Sydney. Starting on 4th February, we will meet once a month on a Saturday 3-5 pm, at 211 Church Street Parramatta, for tutorials, workshops and open mic – except when we launch Parramatta Expression in June and ZineWest in October at 100 George Street.
Saturday Gathering Dates:
(June: 17 Parramatta Expression Launch)
(October: 14 ZineWest Launch)
November: 11 – Includes AGM
These events are open to the public but please introduce yourself first by email at and visit our About page to see our charter and other info.
Street Musicians – Launch
Experiment Farm Cottage, Parramatta
11 March 2023, 11:30am – 1:30 pm
Launched by Luke Carman
Readings, Live Music, Refreshments
Street Musicians is Volume 7 of Mihaela Cristescu’s bilingual anthology series for Romanian and Australian writers, illustrated by Luminita Serbanescu and edited by Mihaela Cristescu and S.E. Crawford. The anthologies are first published and launched in Romania and then launched in Australia. Due to renovations at the State Library of NSW, which has hosted past launches, we will welcome you to the historic venue, Experiment Farm Cottage, at 9 Ruse Street, Harris Park, in Parramatta, NSW.
This Romanian/Australian annual series is supported by NEW Writers’ Group Incorporated which is based in Parramatta. Many Western Sydney writers have contributed to one or more volumes, together with Romanian writers from Romania, Australia and other countries.
See also Code-Mixing Poetry on FB or our Rom/Aus page on this website for updates.
NB. This is a smaller venue than at the State Library so please RSVP or to Mihaela via Code-Mixing Poetry by 12 February.
Parramatta Expression 2023
In 2023, NWG Inc will publish Parramatta images by local artists and invite Western Sydney writers to respond with an *ekphrastic poem or short prose. We are looking for images that have a hint of story, movement or mood. Here is an example by Michaela Simoni (first published in ZineWest 2022). Your work might be in a very different style, but we hope this image gives you a clue to the depth we are looking for.
The Ekphrastic project is open to all creatives in Parramatta and Western Sydney generally. These works will be published in a Pop Up Zine 2023 and some will also be republished in our digital Expression which is a good place for images. In January we will be sending around an entry form for writers, but art entries are open now, to help get the project underway by January: Parramatta Expression: ENTRY FORM (ART)
Parramatta Expression will also publish a print edition of our journal Expression which will include the works of a small 2022 NWG Inc workshop group that focussed on stories longer than we can usually print publish plus some poetry from ZineWest award-winning poets.
*Ekphrasis: “Description” in Greek… An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the “action” of a painting or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.”https://www.poetryfoundation.org/
“Basically, an ekphrasis is a literary description of art. Like other kinds of imagery, ekphrasis paints a picture with words. What makes it different from something like pictorialism is that the picture it paints is itself a picture: ekphrasis stages an encounter between representations in two mediums, one visual and one verbal.” https://liberalarts.oregonstate.edu/
Parramatta Expression 2023 has been supported by a City of Parramatta Council Community Grant.
NWG Inc last 2022 Gathering
Saturday, 12 November at UNE, 28 George St Parramatta
3-5 pm Please sign in downstairs 2:50-3:00
Masks please, and no food or drink except bottled water.
We always bring wrapped sweets. No obligation to eat them.
Open Mic – short work or extract
Survey on your suggestions for 2023
*Ekphrastic writing – discussion and exercise
Afterwards, join us at the Woolpack for a quick drink/snack
*Ekphrastic Writing – one among many definitions – “describes or pays tribute to a piece of visual art”.
Here is an artwork we will include in the exercise: Meandering City by Kathryn Munro