After-School & Holiday Programs

Our after school online writing workshops are a free online space where young people can write, create and dream big.

All workshops are facilitated by our Story Factory Storytellers and are designed to support writing, development of ideas, and for young people to access support in creating a piece of writing from both professional writers and your fellow students.

Term 4, 2021 Programs – Now All Online

We’re running online workshops during term on Monday – Thursday for both primary school and high school students. We also offer holiday workshops options in the September school holidays.

Check out the options and apply using the button below.

Monster Under the Couch

Grades 3-6

24 January 2022

Monday 11am - 1pm

online

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 line by line as they construct a narrative poem about their first encounter with them...

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Just Add Ink

Grades 3-6 (primary school)

Program runs 7 February – 28 March 2022

Mondays, 3:30-5pm

Online

Creative writing workshops for Primary students, Years 3-6. This workshop is for everyone interested in becoming a better writer, telling stories, and sharing them with more people! Apply Now

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Control Alt. Edit

Grades 7-12 (high school)

Program runs 8 February – 29 March 2022

Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm

Online

Control Alt. Edit is designed to support the development of ideas and writing. Young people will create a piece of writing with encouragement from our Storytellers and fellow students. If you’re feeling stuck with your writing, or you’re...

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This is Canon

High School

Program running 9 February – 30 March 2022

Wednesdays 3.30 - 5pm

online

When we write creatively, we invent entire universes. Whether in a poem or a short story, writers need to know how to make their writing believable. In this workshop, we practice making writing that feels genuine, inspired, and exciting. Join...

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Unreal Writers

Years 3 - 6

From 10 February – 31 March 2022

Thursdays 3.30 - 5pm

online

We are always amazed at how unreal the writers we work with are, so we made this creative writing program just for them! If you are in primary school, and want to get better at creative writing, join this weekly...

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Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella

High School Students

Year of the Novella; and Year of Poetry; are 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...

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Big Projects

Our big projects bring students together from different schools to create an exciting public outcome.

Often run in collaboration with other arts organisations, these projects are a rare opportunity for students to take part in something big. All projects have big finishes – culminating in books, exhibitions, publications, films and events. We love them and most importantly, so do our students

A User's Guide to a Pandemic

A User’s Guide to a Pandemic was an idea that started during the national lockdown in 2020. The idea was simple – that young people needed to write about this. Four writing centres for young people across the country joined together...

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Art and the Institution - Female Factory

The Parramatta Female Factory is an important site in the colourful history of colonial New South Wales. Since 1821 it’s been an orphanage, prison, asylum, medical facility and school. In Art and the Institution, Story Factory has partnered with the...

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Art Write Light

Art Write Light is a free creative writing project curated by Story Factory, that connects Australian artists with young people in an explosion of creativity over three colourful years. This project creates opportunities for students to creatively respond to the...

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CineVerse

CineVerse is a Story Factory Big Project spanning four high schools in Western Sydney, five emerging film-makers, over 80 poems and up to 20 short films. Cinematic in both scope and vision, CineVerse allows teenagers from widespread communities to use the language...

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Marvellous Birds

Marvellous Birds is a creative writing and storytelling project for Years 5 and 6 students. It investigated the feathered beauty of some truly incredible birds. Through carefully scaffolded creative writing activities, students explored themes such as community, camaraderie, displacement, environmental change, migration...

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Our Collections, Our Stories

In this Story Factory partnership with the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) and the State Library of NSW, students are immersed in a world of books and history. In site visits to the Library, students will create a collection...

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Instahope

For thousands of years people have known about the beneficial effects of reading and writing: bibliotherapy. But what about Instagram therapy? And what happens when you combine the two? In a Story Factory Big Project for 2019-20 teenagers are writing...

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We're Writing to Say

We’re Writing to Say... is a Story Factory project that aimed to creatively document the lived experience of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the shared experience of a truly unprecedented year, the project connected young people with...

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School Programs

We work with selected schools across Sydney, Western Sydney and the Greater Sydney region to deliver one-off, term-long, and year-long, curriculum-aligned writing programs.

In consultation with partner schools, our storytellers and volunteers turn up every week, building relationships and trust with students, taking them through a fun and engaging writing process. At the end of the term the students have completed a piece of writing which is often the most significant piece of writing they’ve ever done. We celebrate their achievement by printing a beautifully-designed publication for the students to take home and show their loved ones.

We work with schools across different time-frames. Some schools take part in special one-off workshops and visit us in our fabulous writing centres in Redfern and Parramatta. At others we deliver a writing program across a term. We commit to working with our Residency Schools for at least a year, working across multiple grades, to create a culture of writing.

What’s better than a confident writer? A whole school of them! We see the power of this approach every day. The pride and delight kids have in discovering their ideas and voice is important and worth listening to.

Below are just some of the tried and tested programs we've taken to schools each year. Get in touch to hear the options currently on offer.

Summer Camp

STAGE 3 – Years 5 & 6

All Story Factory creative writing workshops are carefully designed to encourage kids to use their imagination, to scaffold their writing to help them write more than ever have before, to use encouragement and fun to give kids the confidence to...

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Pixie Power!

STAGE 1-2 - Years 1 & 2, early literacy

Do you know how toasters work? What about laptops? What about your school bus? Or an ocean liner?! It turns out a lot of the everyday machines we interact with don't run on electricity, or petrol, or microchips - it's...

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Fans, Stans, and Aficionados

STAGE 5 - Years 9 & 10

What are you obsessed with? This workshop gives students the opportunity to explore the world of fandom, using the hit play FANGIRLS by Yve Blake as a prompt and mentor text. Students will write samples of monologues, duologues, 'I Want'...

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Ghost Stories

STAGE 4 – Years 7 & 8

All Story Factory creative writing workshops are carefully designed to encourage kids to use their imagination, to scaffold their writing to help them write more than ever have before, to use encouragement and fun to give kids the confidence to...

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Secret Life of Stuff

STAGE 2 - Years 3 & 4

Ever wondered what happens in your home or classroom when the lights turn off? Do you think the objects we interact with daily are happy about the job we give them? In this workshop program students will investigate the Secret...

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Oz Odyssey

STAGE 3 - Years 5 & 6

Whoops! You're stuck on the other side of Australia and you've got to get home! Students will explore geographical storytelling, character development, narrative obstacles and more as they write a classic road trip adventure story about getting back home. Just...

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NewsDome

STAGE 3 - Years 5 & 6

You wake up. Everything seems normal. But the wi-fi is down? And the weather is weird? And did that bird just fly into an invisible dome that's now covering your entire town? It's time to get to the bottom of...

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Amusement Park Stories

STAGE 2 – Years 3 & 4

After a warm summer’s day the amusement park has ground down to a halt, as this giant playground of fun is slowly put to sleep. The fairy floss machine is cleaned and now dormant. The tunnel of terror is...

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Heroes and Villains - What if?

STAGE 4 - Year 7 & 8

What would it be like to be The Invisible Man on his first day of Year 7? How does Medusa order coffee without turning the barista to stone? In this workshop series students will reimagine and retell the stories of villains...

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I Am Poem

All Story Factory creative writing workshops are carefully designed to encourage kids to use their imagination, to scaffold their writing to help them write more than ever have before, to use encouragement and fun to give kids the confidence to...

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Coraki Time Travel Mash 3

“This guy’s not breathing! Quick, check his pockets… Hang on, just how old is he?” Students will use creative problem solving and their comprehension skills to get to the bottom of a mysterious man and the items found in...

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Accidental Time Traveller

STAGE 3 – Years 5 & 6

Students write two poems, one protesting an issue important to the student, and the other celebrating the best parts of the students’ world. Both pieces will be values-driven, and will explore a different poetic form. Students will leave with an...

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EcoPoPro

STAGE 5 – Years 9 & 10

When's the last time you stopped to smell the roses, let alone said thank you to the trees for giving you air? There are plenty of obstacles that keep us from connecting to nature, but a major one might be...

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The Cli-Fi Diaries

STAGE 5 - Years 9 & 10

The world is rapidly changing - how will we keep track of it all? Students will investigate the genre of Climate Fiction, where extreme weather leads to extraordinary circumstances. Students will experiment with character development, cause and effect narratives, epistolary...

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The Drama of Emotions

STAGE 4 – Years 7 & 8

Students will look at a dramatic performance and then tell the personal story each actor is using to drive their performance. It’s fiction…but also drama!

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Teacher Resources

Looking for creative ways to get your students writing and sharing stories?

Story Factory staff are all qualified, experienced teachers with a passion for writing, and experts at getting young people excited to write. Our tried and tested strategies are designed to engage students across both primary and high school, particularly students with low literacy levels, or are often disengaged.

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