The Envato Foundation will fund an Aboriginal Liaison Officer over the next three years, to help facilitate connections with Indigenous communities and develop relevant, culturally responsive workshop content for Story Factory programs.
We're lucky at Story Factory to have a talented and supportive Board, where all members are committed to spreading the power of creative writing. So we're thrilled to welcome to the Board - Nick Carney.
Introducing our 2021-23 Strategy Story Factory strategy documents are essentially three-act stories: a snapshot of the past, a stocktake of our present, and our hopes and goals for the future. When Story Factory put together its last strategy, however, none of us could have anticipated how the future would’ve turned out. Coronavirus was the big […]
We’re COVID Safe At Story Factory we are a COVID safe space – but what does that mean? It means we have thought deeply and carefully about the best way to operate to protect our students and staff. It means we have frequent and regular cleaning procedures in place to ensure all spaces and surfaces […]
Students Document their Pandemic Experience Story Factory has joined with 100 Story Building (Melbourne), The Story Island (Tasmania) and StoryBoard (Byron Bay) in publishing a new anthology of student writing A User’s Guide to a Pandemic. This anthology drew on student work written from around Australia but we want to take a moment to celebrate […]
Australian Teen Writing About The Pandemic Published This Week YOUNG PEOPLE’S EXPERIENCES OF THE COVID PANDEMIC PUBLISHED IN A NEW COLLECTION OF AUSTRALIAN WRITING A new publication written by young people across Australia about their experiences during the COVID-19 lock-down period, A User’s Guide to a Pandemic, has been published this week. The initiative is […]
A New Way of Giving Story Factory has partnered with round-up app Sipora so our supporters can easily donate any spare e-change every month! What’s a round-up app and how does it work? Good question. Once you’ve downloaded Sipora and linked securely to your bank account(s), Sipora “rounds up” to the nearest dollar every electronic […]
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! […]