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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Untitled (excerpt) by Ethan

Stage 4

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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Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day. This year's theme is 'My Dreaming, My Future'.  At Story Factory we believe in the power of storytelling and we are so privileged to work with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who carry with them the stories of their family, culture and Country. Today is a day to celebrate these young people and acknowledge the importance of elevating their voices and the stories they tell.
We were so excited to welcome young writers from across the country into our Parramatta Centre on Tuesday for the announcement of the winners of our writing prize!  Congratulations to all the shortlisted young writers and to everyone who submitted their writing. There were 154 submissions overall and the judges were extremely impressed by the high quality of the writing. Twelve pieces were shortlisted in four different age categories and have been published in the special 10 year anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory. Two pieces were chosen as the overall winners of the competition as well as winners in each of the four age categories.  The entries ranged from the story of a waffle gaining consciousness, to the imagined voices of flowers and trees, to powerful reflections on grief. This competition aimed to celebrate the voices of young people who aren’t heard loudly enough and we are delighted to publish them in our 10th anniversary anthology and share their voices with the world!  You can see the full list of winners and buy your copies of the anthology via the link in our bio.
Don't forget to join us on Facebook live at 4.30pm today for the very special announcement of the winners of the Story Factory 10th Anniversary Writing Prize and the launch of our special 10 year anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory.  This two-volume publication - one for younger readers and one for older readers - brings together some of our favourite bits of writing from our first decade, including all the winning and shortlisted entries from our writing prize.  These are now available to purchase on the Story Factory bookshop via the link in our bio.
Join us online next Tuesday 26 July at 4.30pm for a very special announcement of the winners of our writing prize and launch of our 10th anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory!  You can pre order your copies today via the link in our bio!