All workshops are facilitated by our Story Factory Storytellers and provide a safe and supportive space where young people can develop ideas and write. Guided by  our expert staff, with support from their fellow writers, young people are empowered to  create an extended, exciting piece of writing.

We’re running in-person and online workshops during term on Monday – Thursday for both primary school and high school students.

Sign up to our free writing workshops using the links below or email us at students@storyfactory.org.au

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Tuesday April 16 (high school)

Tuesday April 16 (high school)

  • 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday April 16
  • Story Factory Parramatta, 90 George St, Parramatta, Burramattagal Land, NSW 2150
  • For students in high school, grades 7-12

Worn Stories
Every piece of clothing holds a unique story. Clothing can protect us, help us express who we are, and connect us to important people and experiences in our lives. In this workshop students will use a variety of resources to design their ultimate piece of clothing and create a few short stories describing what might happen when they wear it.

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Monday April 22 (high school)

Monday April 22 (high school)

  • 10am-12pm
  • Monday April 22
  • Story Factory Parramatta, 90 George St, Parramatta, Burramattagal Land, NSW 2150
  • For students in high school, grades 7-12

Worn Stories
Every piece of clothing holds a unique story. Clothing can protect us, help us express who we are, and connect us to important people and experiences in our lives. In this workshop students will use a variety of resources to design their ultimate piece of clothing and create a few short stories describing what might happen when they wear it.

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Tuesday April 23 (primary school)

Tuesday April 23 (primary school)

  • 10am-12pm
  • Tuesday April 23
  • Story Factory Parramatta, 90 George St, Parramatta, Burramattagal Land, NSW 2150
  • For students in primary school, grades 3-6

Monster Under the Couch
In this workshop students are asked to imagine what a hungry monster living under their couch might look and sound like. Students will be guided as they construct a narrative poem about their first encounter with their hungry monster. Through the use of repetition and similes, students will describe their monster and consider the ultimate question… what ARE they doing under there?

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Monday, in-person [high school]

Monday, in-person [high school]

  • 4pm-5:30pm
  • Monday May 6 to Monday July 1
  • Story Factory Parramatta, 90 George St, Parramatta, Burramattagal Land, NSW 2150
  • For students in Grades 7-12

Day Tripper
Let’s delve into the art of crafting compelling characters who leap off the page and into the hearts of your readers. Join us in exploring techniques to breathe life into characters as vivid and complex as those we encounter in our day-to-day lives. Through this workshop series, we will embark on a journey of emotional depth and authenticity, drawing inspiration from the works of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Together, we’ll unravel the secrets of character development and scene construction, equipping you with practical tools to infuse your writing with rich, resonant emotion.

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Monday, online [primary]

Monday, online [primary]

  • 3:30pm-5pm
  • Monday May 6 to Monday June 24
  • Online via Zoom
  • For students in Grades 3-6

Future Fiction
Dive headfirst into the uncharted territories of tomorrow as we explore the realms of science fiction and beyond. From mind-bending technologies to alien civilisations, we’ll travel through the vast expanse of the future and craft stories that transcend time and space. Join us as we boldly shape the future with our pens and imaginations!

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Tuesday, in-person [primary]

Tuesday, in-person [primary]

  • 4pm-5:30pm
  • Tuesday May 7 to Tuesday June 25
  • Story Factory Parramatta, 90 George St, Parramatta, Burramattagal Land, NSW 2150
  • For students in Grades 3-6

Video Vortex
In this workshop series students imagine they have travelled through a vortex and are now trapped inside the world of a retro video game called (you guessed it!) Video Vortex. They create their own avatar who progresses through the strange and different levels of this game (think Creepy Castle, Digital Desert and an Enchanted Forest) as they overcome obstacles to “level up” and return home. Students develop skills in sensory writing and focus on world building and narrative structure as they create short episodes/chapters that describe their experiences moving through Video Vortex.

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Tuesday, online [high school]

Tuesday, online [high school]

  • 3:30pm-5pm
  • Tuesday May 7 to Tuesday June 25
  • Online via Zoom
  • For students in Grades 7-12

Talk Shop
Step into the enchanting world of Talk Shop, where storytelling transcends the boundaries of reality. As the premier publication for wizards, witches, and muggles alike, Talk Shop prides itself on delivering factual, unbiased, and historically accurate reporting of both the mundane and the magical. This term, join our young writers as they explore the art of real-world writing for an unreal, fantastical realm. Together, we’ll craft a magazine that captivates readers with tales that defy imagination and traverse dimensions. Welcome to Talk Shop, where creativity knows no limits!

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Yarn Ya

Yarn Ya

  • 4pm-5:30pm
  • Tuesday May 7 to Tuesday June 25
  • Story Factory Redfern, 176 Redfern St, Redfern, Gadigal Land, NSW 2016
  • For students in Grades 6-10

Yarn Ya
Everyone has a great story waiting inside of them! Story Factory wants to make yours into a book – we’ll help you make all your amazing ideas into a story people can read and talk about and say, “Hey, this is totally awesome! When is the next one coming out?” Our writing teachers will show you all the things you’ll need to do to make your book a reality!

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Wednesday, online [high school]

Wednesday, online [high school]

  • 3:30pm-5pm
  • Wednesday May 8 to Wednesday June 26
  • Online via Zoom
  • For students in Grades 7-12

Day Tripper
Let’s delve into the art of crafting compelling characters who leap off the page and into the hearts of your readers. Join us in exploring techniques to breathe life into characters as vivid and complex as those we encounter in our day-to-day lives. Through this workshop series, we will embark on a journey of emotional depth and authenticity, drawing inspiration from the works of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá. Together, we’ll unravel the secrets of character development and scene construction, equipping you with practical tools to infuse your writing with rich, resonant emotion.

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Thursday, online [primary]

Thursday, online [primary]

  • 3:30pm-5pm
  • Thursday May 9 to Thursday June 27
  • Online via Zoom
  • For students in Grades 3-6

Video Vortex
In this workshop series students imagine they have travelled through a vortex and are now trapped inside the world of a retro video game called (you guessed it!) Video Vortex. They create their own avatar who progresses through the strange and different levels of this game (think Creepy Castle, Digital Desert and an Enchanted Forest) as they overcome obstacles to “level up” and return home. Students develop skills in sensory writing and focus on world building and narrative structure as they create short episodes/chapters that describe their experiences moving through Video Vortex.

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Wednesday, Year of Novella (High School)

Wednesday, Year of Novella (High School)

  • 4.30pm-6pm
  • Every Wednesday of school term starting Wednesday February 7
  • Story Factory Parramatta, 90 George St, Parramatta, Burramattagal Land, NSW 2150

Year of the Novella is our open programs for High School aged young people who love to write and want to stretch themselves creatively. In weekly writing workshops in the course of a year, students commit to writing a novella for professional publication at the end of the year.

Get in touch at students@storyfactory.org.au if you’re interested in taking part in 2024.

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Thursday, Year of Poetry (High School)

Thursday, Year of Poetry (High School)

  • 4.30pm-6pm
  • Every Thursday of school term, starting Thursday February 8
  • Story Factory Parramatta, 90 George St, Parramatta, Burramattagal Land, NSW 2150

Year of Poetry is our open programs for High School aged young people who love to write and want to stretch themselves creatively. In weekly writing workshops in the course of a year, students commit to writing a collection of poetry for professional publication at the end of the year.

Get in touch at students@storyfactory.org.au if you’re interested in taking part in 2024.

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The best thing about this program was honing my writing and interacting with people that love literature as much as I do.

Eve

Student