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"When students come to my lessons, I make sure they feel safe and supported knowing their mistakes will only help them grow and thrive in all aspects of their learning."

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"Green Hat Academy was inspired by my father who encouraged me to find my purpose and to believe in myself." 

About Me...

Rawah Arja is a writer and teacher from Western Sydney. Her first novel The F Team (published by Giramondo) has been shortlisted for numerous literary awards including the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Writing for Young Adults. Her writing has featured in Second City: Essays From Western Sydney, Arab, Australian, Other, SBS Voices and at the Sydney Writer’s Festival.  She has received a fellowship from WestWords Varuna Emerging Writers’ Residential Program as well as judged the Russell Prize Humour Writing Award for the State Library of NSW.

In addition, Rawah has been a teacher for over a decade teaching students from different parts of Sydney in both primary and secondary schools. She now enjoys helping students find joy in writing facilitating both face-to-face school workshops as well as online tutorials. 

Literary Awards Rawah has been shortlisted for:

  • Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Young Adult Literature

  • NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Multicultural Literary Award

  • Victoria Premier's Literary Award for Young People's Literature

  • Russell Prize for Humour Writing 

  • Readings Young Adult Prize

  • Longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year for Older Children (13+)

  • Notable Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award for Older Readers

  • Highly Commended Australian Book Design Awards, Best Designed Young Adult Cover

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