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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 (excerpt) by Ethan

From our Writers Teaching Teachers Writing creative writing program. The shopping centre walls were made of smaller shops and stalls. A brick, sheltered pathway leads people to the large interior….

A close call of a shark chose surfboard over human by Natalie

By Natalie, Year 6

On the first of may 2022 a girl that lives in Hawaii is called Natalie that’s 12 had a close call of  a shark, while she was surfing at High…

Amy Loves Appapa by Alexandrina

By Alexandrina, Year 5

Amy loves Appapa I mean so do I But Amy loves him Up to the sky   She is a true Appapa follower From head to toe But maybe she follows…

My mothers makeup, my makeup by Alexandrina

By Alexandrina, Year 5

my mothers makeup, my make up sometimes I put too much my mothers makeup, my make up I always need that extra  touch   from lipstick to eyeliner then Mascara…

DETAIL TO DETAIL by Alexandrina

By Alexandrina, Year 5

I feel the gentle breeze in my face as I go through the life’s incredible maze I feel lost but the minor details are there to help the wind blows the…

The Door by Kanvi

By Kanvi, Year 6

The atmosphere was thick. The street lamps stood silently, stubbornly shining into the night. The sky was pitch black, the lamp’s resembled stars, illuminating their value in the night sky….

Inequality in the workplaces by Fatuma

By Fatuma, Year 9

Women’s rights are human rights so why are we still fighting for our rights? We should have them already. women have a high chance of being harassed, assaulted, being looked…

The Unknown by Ishan

By Ishan, Year 6

It was a cool, early summer morning. Birds were chirping and the rustle of the trees filled the boy’s ears. He sat in his room, looking out the window, enjoying…

Emmeline by Rumaysa

By Rumaysa, Year 7

Disrespectful sun. It’s too cheerful today. He wishes the sky would send down torrents of rain instead to extinguish the living hell he knows today will bring. Unlike every day,…

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Poetry students unboxing their very own books! 
Last week students from our Year of the Novella and Year of Poetry programs had the exciting opportunity to unbox and have the very first glance of their professional publications produced as part of the year long programs.  The excitement continues this Sunday at the official book launch! Stay tuned for live updates via our stories.  Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella are made possible thanks to a group of generous funders, including our YON Donor Circle, @copyrightagency_ and @penguinbooksaus  #StoryFactory #sydneystoryfactory #creativewriting #youngauthors #poetrycollection #novellas #writersofig #creativewritingcentre #unboxingbooks
Novella students unboxing their very own books! 
Last week students from our Year of the Novella and Year of Poetry programs had the exciting opportunity to unbox and have the very first glance of their professional publications produced as part of the year long programs.  The excitement continues this Sunday at the official book launch! Stay tuned for live updates via our stories.  Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella are made possible thanks to a group of generous funders, including our YON Donor Circle, @copyrightagency_ and @penguinbooksaus  #StoryFactory #sydneystoryfactory #creativewriting #youngauthors #poetrycollection #novellas #writersofig #creativewritingcentre #unboxingbooks
Story Factory acknowledges the oldest living culture in the world.  We also extend our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their ongoing connection to land, sea and community.  Always was and always will be.  Artwork by Danielle Mate.
This week Story Factory Executive Director Cath Keenan is down in Canberra to celebrate 20 years of the Australian of the Year Local Hero Award. The Local Hero award celebrates people who lead by example and encourage others to be active in their own communities and become agents of positive change for a more diverse and inclusive Australia. You can read more about the awards and some of the other amazing previous receipts here: https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/20-years-local-hero
Become a part of our vibrant volunteer community in 2023!  We are on the lookout for creative writing tutors both online and in-person to help nurture and amplify the voices of young people across NSW.  If you are interested in getting involved, the first step is to join us for an information session where we’ll provide more details about the volunteer role and what’s involved.  The next information sessions are on:  Thursday 19th January 3.30pm – 4.30pm via zoom.
Friday 20th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm at the Story Factory Redfern Centre.
Tuesday 24th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm via zoom.  Find out more and book in via the link in our bio.  📷 Jim A. Barker