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

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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10th Anniversary Writing Prize

Story Factory 10th Anniversary Writing Prize ‘Voices in the Wind’ Supported by UBS Entries open 1 April - Close 31st May

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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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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 the workshops on offer in term 2. Get in touch to find out more and book now.

Food, glorious food!

Stage 2

Let’s celebrate the most delicious things in life! This series is the perfect ‘taster’ course to students who might be new to working with Story Factory. Through different workshops all themed around food, students will be introduced to different...

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Secret Life of Stuff

Stage 2

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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Bugs Eye View

Stage 2

Students will create a character and write from their point of view - that of a bug! They’ll use descriptive writing and world building skills to explore this familiar but exciting landscape, from a very different perspective.

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Board Game Stories

Stage 3

In these dynamic workshops, students are active participants in the story they create, rolling dice and flipping coins to decide the fate of their characters. Along the way students will create characters, learn about the importance of obstacles in stories...

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The Greatest Inventor

Stage 3

Ever wondered how certain devices, gizmos, and gadgets were invented? Us too - so we’re going to make them up! Together we’ll collaborate on the secret notebooks of one of the world’s greatest minds, look at text...

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Robot Birds

Stage 2 & 3

In this workshop we delve into the mysterious link between birds (sometimes Robot Birds!) and poetry. Students will create a strange, wonderful Robot Bird that represents some aspect of their personality and write a poem about their first meeting with...

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Heroes and Villains

Stage 4

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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Eco Po Pro

Stage 4

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...

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What would you do?

Stage 4

Imagine you’re on school camp, things go wrong and you end up out in the bush, possibly lost, certainly worried… What will your character do? In this workshop we use the play Compass by Jess Bellamy as inspiration for...

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Flash Fiction

Stage 5

Sometimes we need restrictions to be creative. And sometimes to think big we need to write small. This program will introduce students to several Flash Fiction text types, ask them to respond to model texts, different creative access points, and...

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Magical Realism

Stage 5

Imagine a strange and magical world where all sorts of peculiar creatures and odd phenomena emerge from objects as everyday as a smartphone... In this workshop series students will explore the genre of magic realism and write an anthology of...

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Creature Feature

Stage 5

Have you ever had a nightmare you can’t quite explain? In this workshop students explore prose poetry and surrealism as they prepare to write their own short horror narrative based on an alien invasion. They learn strategies for ideating...

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Instapoetry

Stage 5

So, as you may or may have not noticed, InstaPoetry is pretty big. This workshop will introduce students to the genre, and investigate interesting ways the multimodal nature of the text is being used inventively by poets. Students will practice...

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Three Part Digital Workshop

Our short-series of 3 workshops will be offered twice across Term 1, once from February 14 – March 4, and again from March 14 – April 1. Browse and book the workshop options below.

Secret Life of Stuff

Stage 2

February 14 – March 4, and March 14 – April 1

online

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? Students will investigate the Secret Life of Stuff, bringing...

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Deadly Lyrics

Stage 3

February 14 – March 4, and March 14 – April 1

online

Looking to share contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices with your students? Each week students will explore a track by Indigenous artists and use it as inspiration for their own lyric writing. They will learn about Indigenous cultures and...

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Inside Outside

Stage 4

February 14 – March 4, and March 14 – April 1

online

Have you ever judged a book by its cover? Ever felt that someone judged you? This workshop gives students an opportunity to look beyond our everyday appearances and imagine other people's experiences. Students will develop a portfolio of writing including...

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What the heck is happening in...?

Stage 3

February 14 – March 4, and March 14 – April 1

online

Ever heard of Cheese Rolling in Coopers Hill, or Worm Charming in Willaston, or the Wife Carrying Race in Dorking? In this program students act as news reporters, sent to investigate the weird traditions of small towns with odd histories...

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Yeah Nah, Nah Yeah - Anti Odes

Stage 4

February 14 – March 4, and March 14 – April 1

online

In this series of three workshops students will have the opportunity to both rant and celebrate! They will develop ideas on, and write, an ode that praises and exalts, and then let off steam as they explore the form of...

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Australia's Youngest Mayor

Stage 4

February 14 – March 4, and March 14 – April 1

online

Breaking News: Due to change in demographics, one town in Sydney is opening up voting to citizens over 12 years old. You know what that means? Teen Mayor! Students will design a character, write stump speeches, and answer debate questions all...

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Instapoetry

Stage 5

February 14 – March 4, and March 14 – April 1

online

So, as you may or may have not noticed, InstaPoetry is pretty big. This workshop will introduce students to the genre, and investigate interesting ways the multimodal nature of the text is being used inventively by poets. Students will practice...

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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 2, 2022 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 April school holidays.

Check out the options and apply using the button below.

Monkey Business

Grades 3-6 (primary school)

19th April

Tuesday 11am - 1pm

online

This workshop will give students the opportunity to look at how a character’s emotional reaction to stimuli can act as a plotting device. Students will collectively brainstorm ideas around character development using a series of prompts offered by the...

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Awesome Anecdotes

Grades 7-12 (high school)

20th April

Wednesday 11am - 1pm

online

Our lives are filled with awesome occurrences, seen and unseen. As writers, it’s our job to celebrate, capture, and share the bits and pieces of everyday life that make readers stop and think ‘hey, that’s awesome!’. In this...

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Just Add Ink

Grades 3-6 (primary school)

Monday 2nd May - Monday 20th June (8 weeks)

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)

Tuesday 3rd May - Tuesday 21st June (8 weeks)

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

Wednesday 4th May - Wednesday 22nd June (8 weeks)

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

Thursday 5th May - Thursday 23rd June (8 weeks)

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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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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