Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people in under-resourced communities across Sydney and NSW. We build writing skills, confidence and creativity.

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Factory Stories

We publish thousands of stories each year, all written by our brilliant students. Here’s a selection of what they’ve been writing across our workshops.

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Untitled by James

By James, Year 8

We all make mistakes, Have struggles, and Even things In your pass. But you are not  Your mistakes, you Are not your struggles, And you are here now with  The…

Bad People Judge Others by Levi

By Levi, Year 6

It is foolish to judge others! It is wrong! It is not right! Everybody knows that things are not always as they appear. It is absolutely wrong to judge others…

Don’t Judge by Tom

By Tomasi, Year 6

Do you ever judge? Then you are certainly an uninformed person! It is a well known fact that things are not always as they seem. This is due to every…

The Poison Berry Bush by Scarlett

One day there was a berry bush and everyone knew that it was the worst poison berry bush ever but a little girl did not know that the berry bush…

Evolution of animation over time by Bao

By Bao, Year 9

Animation is the main entertainment of our time, and the past as well. A lot of people enjoy it around the world. It is a part of our lives; at…

Untitled by Abdulasalam

By Abdulasalam, Year 10

Middle east the Lands around the Southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the Central part of this general area was formally called The Near East a name given…

Why you don’t trust people by Maaz

By Maaz, Year 5

I found a helicopter that crashed into the Earth in Japan and I had to fix it. I could get on it and drive but I don’t have a helicopter…

Cats in the Mansion by Jemma

By Jemma, Year 6

One Day there was a ragdoll cat named Rachel. She lived in a big mansion! Her owners were lovely and nice, but one day they got a male cat named…

Untitled by Henry

By Henry, Year 9

In the beginning, the only thing in the whole galaxy was just an empty black void. The first primordial god was Chaos – a murky mist made up of all…

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We're thrilled to share that with the support of Clarity Pharmaceuticals we are recruiting a dedicated Indigenous Storyteller to deliver high- impact, term-length writing programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people  Clarity Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, said he was excited to support Story Factory after growing up in community housing in the Redfern area.  ‘My grandparents, after immigrating from Europe after the war, were some of the first people to move into the McKell housing commission units in the early 1960s and lived there until the 90s. And my earliest memories as a child were living on the 14th floor of the Daniel Solander building in the Waterloo Housing Complex. This experience has given me a unique understanding of the area compared to many of my peers, especially of some of the difficulties some children face through no fault of their own, whether it is a lack of resources, or not knowing where opportunities lie.'  READ MORE: https://www.storyfactory.org.au/local-kid-gives-back-to-his-community/
This year we worked with Year 5 and 6 students in four Western Sydney schools exploring the feathered beauty of some truly incredible birds.  Students investigated themes such as community, displacement, and environmental change – under the all-seeing gaze of the magnificent, mysterious (and occasionally menacing!) birdlife of the world (as well as our storytellers).  These stories have now been brought magnificently to life for the world to enjoy in both film and book form! Check out our first story below, and view the full thrilling tale on our website.  MARVELLOUS BIRDS - A STORY FACTORY BIG PROJECT:
tinyurl.com/57wfadts  #marvellousbirds #storyfactory
Celebrate the end of lockdown by walking past our Redfern headquarters one evening this week, and drink in the beauty of our #artwritelight installation.  Combining the artwork of @blakdouglas and the writing of Western Sydney school students, this exhibition is a celebration of creativity in an especially challenging year.  On after dark until 9 November, make sure to scan the QR codes to hear the stories written by each talented student!
This World Teacher's Day we want to give an extra-special shout out to the teachers who for the last two years have gone above and beyond in truly moving and spectacular ways.  Like the teachers at @holroydhighschool who, with a student body of up to 90% of students for whom English is an additional language, and 50% of whom are refugees, had to work extra hard to ensure their students stayed connected and supported.  Initiatives like calling every student every week, sending attendance and praise letters home every week, sending regular student surveys to check in how students are going and if the teachers are keeping their attention, ensuring their lessons are strong visually and completely remodelled in order to manage a limited bandwidth, and creating programs especially designed to be fun and engaging (like ours!) all had a wonderful success rate - with 90% student attendance at Holroyd during lockdown.  We want to publicly salute these teachers - and all the teachers like them - who gave so much during unprecedented times to keep students safe, supported and learning.  Thank you teachers!!  #WorldTeachersDay
It’s feeling *really* good to get back to Story Factory HQ and speak to our Storyteller in Chief Richard about all the exciting things that are happening in our #artwritelight project, collaborating with @blakdouglas and @esemprojects