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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Parting Clouds by Daniyaal

Year 12

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

Life With Sisters by Ayrlie

By Ayrlie, Year 6

Chapter one  The riverside One day a young girl called Amy was asleep in her nice comfortable bed having an amazing dream. As dark turned into light and started to…

Diary Entry #223

By Shafeeya, Year 10

It’s been five months since my first gig, where I met the one and only JONATHAN SOUL! To this day I’m still overjoyed and in disbelief that that day actually…

InstaHope: Untitled

By Halley, Year 10

Sometimes, the future doesn’t seem so nice. The future seems bleak, cold, lonely, faraway no no. Get together your fears, talk to them. What do they need? Take care of…

The Jungle

By Hashem, Year 7

There was a boy whose name was Dan, Dan loved the wild and liked to go hunting every weekend with his uncle Samuel. Last weekend Dan got ready to go…

EN GARDE by Lauren

By Lauren, Year 10

Upon a vast, barren field woven with forest roots was a rusted gate floating helplessly in the middle of a barren field. Blocking civilisation from what? Its gangling structure looms…

Vaccines by Dünya

By Dunya, Year 6

 A vaccine is a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually given through needle…

Nia: Chapter 1 by Anhaar

By Anhaar, 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 above…

SPEECH: sexual abuse + inequality against women by Remy

By Remy, Year 10

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…

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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
Congratulations Jihad!  We're over the moon that one of our Year of Poetry writers, Jihad Yassine's poem Box has been awarded The 2021 Hachette Australia's Prize for Young Writers in the category of poetry. The prize was presented online as part of the National Young Writers Festival over the weekend.  Enjoy Jihad’s winning piece here: https://lnkd.in/gs-iuXB4  📷Jacquie Manning
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.  📷Jim A.Baker
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