Finishing School is a collective of women writers with strong connections to western Sydney. Our goal is to provide long term mentoring and professional development to emerging female writers who have already shown potential and dedication to their craft. 

All the women involved will be working towards completing an entire fiction or non-fiction manuscript. They will also receive one-on-one mentorship as well as master classes in craft and opportunities to promote their work. The goal of Finishing School is to identify and develop women who will be the future voices of the western Sydney region. 

Based in Parramatta, we are the only literary organisation in the western suburbs of Sydney that is run by women and we have so many stories to tell.

Our Story

This collective was formed by Felicity Castagna, Faith Chaza and Sheila Pham. The three of us are currently working on co-writing a cross-cultural Young Adult novel with Sheila Pham and Faith Chaza. Their novel explores the lives of young people in western Sydney and the tensions that erupt after a party goes disastrously wrong. 

We are all actively writing the stories of the different places we come from  and we wanted to mentor others to do the same.