prescription petry

What is Prescription Poetry?

For thousands of years people have known about the beneficial effects of reading and writing: bibliotherapy. In a Story Factory Big Project for 2019-20 teenagers are writing as “poetry doctors.” In response to real-life issues, they’re prescribing positive and practical advice - dispensing cures and healing woes through poetry!

In a series of one-off writing workshops at high schools right across Sydney and Western Sydney, students are guided to write poetic prescriptions to cure some of life’s problems.

Let our students cure what ails you!

We’re inviting everyone in our community to share what ails them. This could be anything from worries about family, to fears about a test, or nerves before a big footy game. What’s the ailment that YOU most need cured?

You can contribute and get involved in this project by sharing your ailments. Just click through to our form via the button below. All under a pseudonym, of course!

Below are some examples of ailments already sent to our “poetry doctors.”



What next?

The ailments we collect from the public will be shared with students in our writing workshops. The students will write their own poems in response for these problems, and these poetic prescriptions will be put into bottles. They’ll be available for purchase at a one-of-a-kind pop-up Poetry Dispensary due to transform Story Factory Parramatta mid 2020.

Make sure you plan to come by the Story Factory for a dose of poetry and a cure for your ills.

Check back in closer to the time for more details.

For Schools

Teachers, do you have a class of students in stages 3-5 who'd like to take part in this FREE workshop? Email us today!

We're running Prescription Poetry workshops in Term 4 in 2019, and Terms 1 and 2 in 2020. Remember: we only work with schools serving high populations of young people experiencing marginalisation (FOEI above 100, or ICSEA below 1,000).

If you’ve never worked with Story Factory before, this is a great chance to get to know how we work, and see the magic that happens in our workshops first hand. Through participation in this project students will: 

  • think creatively and critically

  • write poetry in ways that are purposeful, challenging and descriptive

  • learn about the concept of bibliotherapy and experiment with the form of prose poetry

  • draft, edit and create multimodal texts that play with publication conventions