An initiative of Sweatshop in partnership with WestWords and the Writing and Society Research Centre, this ensemble of emerging and established writers and artists from Western Sydney meet fortnightly to develop new critical and creative writing for publication and performance outcomes. These fortnightly workshops are held at Western Sydney University, Bankstown Campus. If you would like to become a Sweatshop Writer contact SWEATSHOP.



SWEATSHOP utilises its diverse and skilled collective to facilitate creative writing and critical thinking workshops across Western Sydney. Workshops assist students to critically engage in a diverse range of texts and enables them to develop their creative and academic writing and communication skills. Workshops also result in a range of outcomes such as publications, literary videos, performances and readings. Contact us if you would like SWEATSHOP to run a workshop or residency for your school or organisation.


SWEATSHOP publications aim to build the profile of Western Sydney writers and artists and to produce new Australian literature that represents the unique diversity and culture of Western Sydney. These are produced independently or in partnership with other publishers and organisations. SWEATSHOP offers many publications that are free and available to read online, and some that are available for purchase. You can check out a list of all our publications, read free books and samples, and even access free education kits here.



SWEATSHOP produces performances and public readings as part of its annual program. This is to further showcase the work of Western Sydney writers whilst also supporting and encouraging the exploration of writers’ specific oral and written traditions. Our productions are often presented as part of writers’ festivals and youth festivals. You can keep updated on all upcoming productions by following us on Facebook and Twitter.



SWEATSHOP also facilitates a series of special projects each year to promote Western Sydney literature, engage new ideas and audiences and consider the cultural structures in Australian arts and literature. These initiatives include panel discussions, research seminars, book launches, writing competitions and documentaries that are lead by Western Sydney artists but also engage other communities.