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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Stories change lives.

Stories matter. We work with young people to write their own stories, imagine their own worlds and see themselves as authors who have a voice worth sharing with the world. The benefits can last a life time.

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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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The Weird Dream by Sama

By Sama, Year 6

One day a girl called Sandy woke up in a huge forest. She had no idea why she was there. She started shouting for help but no one responded, she…

Dogs are better than cats by Yousef

By Yousef, Year 4

I believe that dogs are better than cats because dogs make you happy and relaxed and when you are sad they will cheer you up. Dogs protect you from danger….

Cuttlefish by Dünya

By Dunya, Year 6

Cuttlefish are intelligent invertebrates (animals without backbones) that live in seas and oceans. Like their closest cousins, octopuses and squid, they are molluscs. I found Cuttlefish very interesting to write…

I Can’t Get Out by Dünya

By Dunya, Year 6

BZZZZZZ! BZZZZZZZ! Zena was up and dressed to get to work at the hive. As she happily said bye to her family and set off, she realised the day was…

Where Did Ginger Go by Dünya

By Dunya, Year 6

I was called to the scene of a crime by a devastated young lady. All I could hear over the phone were sobs of sadness. This young lady said that…

The Struggler

By Jake, Year 9

The content below contains mature content and adult themes. If you have any concerns or if you are below 13 years of age please do not continue reading. If you are…

Museum of Me by Lillian

By Lillian, Stage 4

My bracelet has lots of charms that represent different aspects of my life. One special charm was given to me when my brother was born, making this really special. When…

Mood Poem by Lillian

By Lillian, Stage 4

Remember when grass was green? The sun made water gleem? Remember the sound of chirping birds? When I studied them like a nerd? Now the grass is always dead. Looks…

Story about an Animal by Lillian

By Lillian, Stage 4

Story about an animal “The sun is up AGAIN! I can’t believe it!” yelled my brother waking up our farmer person Bill. “Of course it did. It always does.” I…

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It's #AustralianReadingHour celebrating #StoriesthatMatter. For us at Story Factory, our students stories matter so it's the perfect chance to reread #thecoconutchildren by Vivian Pham, who wrote this captivating tale as part of our Year of the Novella writing program.  We want to know what you're reading and getting you feeling inspired too?
Why is literacy so important? Yes, literacy lets you experience your favourite books and different worlds and perspectives, and yes - literacy allows you participate in the workforce, and share your own perspective, and opens all kinds of doors - but ultimately what literacy does is empower.  Literacy empowers individuals and improves their lives. It expands and extends their capabilities to choose the life they want for themselves.  The pandemic has been a powerful reminder of the critical importance of literacy, and the absolute imperative that all young people everywhere are empowered through literacy.  This #internationalliteracyday we'll be doing our bit to make writing fun, accessible and empowering for young people in Western Sydney, so they can experience the life-changing magic of telling their own stories.  Maybe take a moment today the think about how literacy has shaped your own life too.
Tune in at 10am this Wednesday 28 July to NSW Department of Education Facebook page to catch Story Factory's own Matt Roden share some Cyborg poultry poetry tips from our much-loved Robot Bird workshops.  This free online workshop is perfect for primary school students, years 3-6. See you there bird-lovers! 🐦🐔🦅 #education #creativeeducation #creativewriting
Student writing from Marvellous Birds is flapping into our bookstore and into your homes. Pre-order your copy today to get your hands on some truly marvellous stuff, like these excerpts below.  Dinky Winky was a crazy bird but pretty helpful. Sen is easy to see because of her shiny red and blue feathers, her eyes were bright red but not when she looks at someone because she always wears contact lenses. - Staaistah, Dawson Public School  I terminated the call and spread my magnificent wings, stretching inside my New York penthouse. It wasn’t actually mine, I had smashed through the window, grabbed the owner with my massive talons and flung him out the window. - Minh, Blaxcell Street Public School  The woman had very long jet black hair with some silver and white strands. She wasn’t old, just creative. – Maple, Plumpton Public School  ‘I AM SAVAGE BABY,’ he said with half an ice cream in his mouth. ‘You want to hear a dirty joke?’
‘NO I don’t.’ I shot back. ‘Okay, maybe just one, thank you.’
‘The dirty joke is that the man fell in the mud and for a clean joke, he washed himself. Ta da.’ - Huzifa, Punchbowl Public School  PREORDER TODAY: https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/book-shop/snkv4t0g2ocpr93uv9du0e4maqns4a-trtd5
We've got another very exciting new position available at Story Factory. We're looking for an Indigenous Storyteller to help us run creative writing programs with young people aged 7 to 17 in schools, community groups and at our centres.  The person we’re looking for has significant experience working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a deep understanding of how to support them to achieve the best outcomes; as well as a love of creative writing. Applicants be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.  Sound like you? Apply today!  https://www.storyfactory.org.au/work-with-us/