Story Factory exists to bring the joy of storytelling to kids in under-resourced communities. But we recognise that right now, in these unprecedented times, we need to help all kids develop their creative writing. We have made this resource free, but if you’re in a position to make a donation, we ask that you please […]
During an especially difficult time for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and for Black, First Nations and People of Colour communities across the world, we at Story Factory feel it is important to re-emphasise our respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We acknowledge their enduring importance as the first sovereign Nations […]
Markus Zusak is joining us for a very special student written publication – A USER’S GUIDE TO A PANDEMIC! Markus Zusak is the internationally bestselling author of six novels, including The Book Thief, Bridge of Clay and The Messenger. His books are translated into more than forty languages, and have spent more than a decade on the New York Times Bestseller […]
During this time of isolation Story Factory is joining with our friends from 100 Story Building in Melbourne, StoryBoard in Byron Bay, and Story Island in Tasmania to work with students to compile a world first – A User’s Guide to a Pandemic! A collection of writing that investigates the experiences of young people experiencing […]
We’ve been crunching some numbers and have discovered some pretty amazing things about the work we’ve been doing over the last year. We had to share! In 2019 we counted: 5,935 student enrolments (ages 7-17) 16% Indigenous 48% from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds 98% from lower socioeconomic communities 55% girls and 45% boys 28,147 […]
With the news that students will begin returning to school from week three of Term Two comes the certainty that this will be another term that will feel different to any gone before – for students, parents and teachers alike. As we, at Story Factory, plan as best we can for the new (albeit temporary […]
Okay, a bit of an insight into teaching. There’s this thing teachers talk about called the instructional conversation, which is the conversation students and teachers have during the learning process. Basically it’s split into two parts – procedural and involvement. Procedural conversation is about getting the lesson moving and letting students know how and what they […]
We asked some of our Year of Novella students to write for us what life is like now they are learning from home. We really have to hand it to them – adjusting to such a different way of life, a new way of learning, and writing their way through is a very impressive achievement! […]
Goodbye Term One, we barely knew you. The first term of 2020 will surely go down in history as one of the most disrupted terms that Australian students have ever known. Between fires and smoke at the beginning of term and then the encroaching threat of COVID-19 changing the very face of education worldwide, we […]
We asked our storytellers for their top tips for parents and kids adjusting to learning at home. Their biggest tip? Take it easy on yourself! We’re all adjusting to this brave new world, and we’re all working out what works best. So don’t beat yourself up if you’ve had a challenging day, because tomorrow is […]
Because we, as always, want to prioritise the health, wellbeing and safety of our students, volunteers and all in the community, Story Factory has wound up delivery of Term One creative writing programs a little earlier than originally planned due to the fast-moving situation with COVID-19 in Australia. This means that Story Factory staff will […]
We are thrilled to open the doors to Story Factory’s inaugural Writers in Residence Program. We are offering eight emerging to established writers a safe, inclusive place to write and share ideas, so they can make a contribution to the future of Australian writing. In 2018, Story Factory Parramatta opened in a beautiful heritage-listed 1830s […]
Vivian Pham ‘Vivian shows a new Australia here, tied to her place and time but touching on universal themes of longing — and the alternately profound and ludicrous angst of youth… Vivian Pham is one of the indispensable voices of her generation.’ DAVE EGGERS ‘To read Vivian Pham is to read the future of Australian […]
Nafisa has worked in education for more than 30 years as a teacher and principal. She left her job, in India, five years ago and moved to Australia to support her daughter and six-year-old grandson. “When I came to Australia, I did some googling about volunteering opportunities in Sydney and I came across creative writing […]
By Valerie Strauss for The Washington Post 7.1.2020 In 2002, the nationally renowned author Dave Eggers (“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” “The Circle,” “What Can a Citizen Do?”) started a nonprofit organization with educator Nínive Calegari dedicated to helping kids learn how to write well. The San Francisco organization, 826 Valencia, is still in operation, and […]
To begin 2020 we are thrilled to welcome our new Volunteer Manager to Story Factory – Thuy. Thuy grew up in Cabramatta and always dreamed of living and working in faraway places. Little did she know that even though she loved adventures abroad, her heart was always in Western Sydney. Thuy has worked with young […]
The release recently of the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) literacy and numeracy test results painted a less than ideal picture of Australian education standards. In fact, Australian students have recorded their worst results in international tests yet, failing for the first time to exceed the OECD average in maths as well as showing […]
UPDATE: We are no longer accepting applications. Thank you to all that have applied and for those that have missed out please keep an eye out for potential roles in the future. We’re looking someone phenomenal to be our new Volunteers Manager: Recruitment & Training. All Story Factory workshops are designed and led by our […]
‘We Talk Project’ by Caoimhe Deering First published in WHAT WE SEEK an anthology of 115 contributions from youth delegates at the International Congress of Youth Voices, published by McSweeney’s. Caoimhe is a past Story Factory student who now tutors young students as a volunteer in our workshops. I seek to give back what was […]
We’re thrilled to announce that in 2020 we’ll be partnering with Bankstown Youth Development Service and three Bankstown High Schools to run a major project centred on… the contentious theft of a lemon tree.
Year 12 students at Alexandria Park Community School worked with us to write personal responses to the 2019 NAIDOC Week themes of Truth, Voice and Treaty. Here we share three of them, by Intan, Reece and Siu.
At this year’s ETA NSW Annual State Conference, Passion to Practice, four of our staff members gave presentations about how they had turned their passions - from scriptwriting to graphic design to pop stars - into engaging writing workshops for young people.
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