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.

Click here to see the workshops on offer in term 3.

Digital Programs

Story Factory Digital Workshops are the ideal solution for teachers looking for extra creative writing resources to build literacy and engage students. 

Our low-cost, subsidised online programs are interactive and easy to implement. Our educators enter your classroom via Zoom and work with you to create a fun but meaningful writing environment. We will take  students through a series of scaffolded activities that lead to a substantial piece of writing, and share ideas and resources that you can use to continue your students’ writing journey after the program ends.

We offer:

  1. One-off workshops: a one-off blast of inspiration and writing fun. These programs offer exciting and immersive ways for students to engage with creative writing, exploring everything from fantastical scenarios to their own experiences
  2. Short series. In  3 x weekly one-hour workshops students are supported step-by-step to craft a substantial piece of original writing, from poetry to prose.

Who do we partner with?

As a not-for-profit we are funded to offer our writing courses to schools with an ICSEA below 1000, and/or significant numbers of students who are Indigenous or from CALD backgrounds. 

Limited places available in Term 4 2022, more places available next year.

 

Monster Under the Couch

Stage 2

One-off workshop

In this workshop students are asked to imagine how a hungry monster living under their couch might look, sound and act. The first epic encounter with the monster will be written as a narrative poem, with students guided through key...

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Chatbot

Stage 3

One-off workshop

Are your students finding it hard to write meaningful dialogue in their stories? In this fun and interactive workshop students will meet and help a robot - the SF Chatbot 2000 (Chatty) - have better conversations. They'll focus on three techniques...

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Haunted Computer

Stage 4

One-off workshop

Experimenting with style? Considering the audience? Finding it all a little dry? This workshop gives students a chance to practise these specific English skills while engaging in a fun and interactive experience, drawing from two clashing formats - horror movies...

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Creature Feature

Stage 5

One-off workshop

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 and...

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Secret Life of Stuff

Stage 2

Three Week Program

In this workshop Story Factory guides students through an exploration of the creative techniques used by cartoonists to anthropomorphise objects and animals. Students will bring objects from their daily lives to life, creating unique characters, imagining daily activities and drafting...

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What in the World?!?

Stage 3

Three Week Program

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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Inside Out

Stage 4

Three Week Program

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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InstaPoetry

Stage 5

Three Week Program

So, as you may or may have not noticed, InstaPoetry is pretty big. These workshops introduce students to the genre, exploring the inventive ways the multimodal nature of Instagram is being used by young poets. Students will be led through...

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To learn more or to book a workshop please fill out the enquiry form here

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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In Person 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 3. Get in touch to find out more and book now.

In a Flash

Stages 2-5

Term 3 and 4

One-off workshop (2 hours)

This project aims to encourage the appreciation of quality Australian literature, and to promote creativity in young writers and the wider population. Participating schools will take part in a unique two hour Story Factory workshop which makes use of a...

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Food, glorious food!

Stage 2

Term Long (8 weeks)

Let’s celebrate the most delicious things in life! This series is the perfect poetry ‘taster’ workshop series for students who might be new to working with Story Factory. Through different creative writing activities, all based around food, students will...

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Bugs Eye View

Stage 2

Term Long (8 weeks)

Behold, a bug's eye view! Watch as students take on insect alter-egos as they engage in adventure, narrative writing. From the perspective of their favourite creepy- crawly, students will explore the sandpit, playground and jungle-gym as they develop their imaginative...

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Plants

Stage 3

Term Long (8 weeks)

From a flower that resembles a brain to a three-metre-tall plant that smells of rotting flesh, sometimes nature stranger than any fiction. In this workshop series, students will dive into the world of plants. They will explore a range of...

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Secret Life of Stuff

Stage 3

Term Long (8 weeks)

Bottles on the run! Staplers saving the stationary!! In this workshop series students anthropomorphise objects to make original characters. Students will brainstorm timelines and daily activities, imagine dialogue, role play interviews and write a letter as a character asserting

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Monkey Biz

Stage 2

One-off workshop (2 hours)

Are your students interested in writing stories, but still stuck in the ‘and then’ phase? In this fun, interactive workshop, students investigate the emotional life of a monkey, and learn simple steps to write about characters personalities, feelings and character...

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Robot Bird

Stage 3

One-off workshop (2 hours)

At the Story Factory we’ve wrestled (in a totally gentle and bird friendly way of course) birds and poetry into the mechanised, robotic 21st century. In this workshop students will begin by creating their own fantastical Robot Bird, a...

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Deadly Lyrics

Stage 4

Term Long (8 weeks)

Music is the Meditjin!! This workshop explores poetic and lyrical expression as students are inspired by contemporary First Nations songs and poetry, many of which possess historical, social and cultural significance. Students will explore their own experiences and values as...

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GPS, Go Home!!

Stage 4

Term Long (8 weeks)

What would we do without our GPSs, if we could slow right down and enjoy the scenery? In this hilarious workshop series, students will focus on the narrative element of descriptive writing. Every week students explore how to create setting...

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Prose Poetry

Stage 5

Term Long (8 weeks)

So what actually is prose poetry? Well, it’s a playful, hybrid and flexible form of short writing that gives developing writers rich opportunities to learn about and experiment with an abundant range of language features as they produce fun...

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Board Games

Stage 4

One-off workshop (2 hours)

Are you ready to defeat pirate overlords, find ancient crystals or discover new species on a Jungle Safari? In this workshop the choice is yours! Get ready to go on an adventure for the ages using the latest and greatest...

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Creature Feature

Stage 5

One-off workshop (2 hours)

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 and...

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Creature Feature

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 and world building, and are exposed to models of writing that are fluid in form and rich in ideas and language features. Ideal for reluctant writers.
One-off workshops are available between March 14 - April 8 2022.

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Art Write Light

Inspired by the works of acclaimed visual artist Blak Douglas, students will investigate the political in art and consider how artists use their work to question and challenge society. Each student will create their own succinct and powerful 'statement poem' exploring the hopes and wishes they have for the world.

One-off workshops are available between November 22 - December 10, 2021.





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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 3, 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 school holidays.

Check out the options and apply using the button below.

One-off holiday workshop (Primary)

Grades 3-6 (primary school)

11th July

Monday 10.30am-12.30pm

online

Come join our exciting holiday workshops. We will meet for 2 hours on Zoom with a short break in the middle, staying connected from a distance! These workshops will be run by our wonderful, supportive Storytellers, as they guide you through...

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One-off holiday workshop (High school)

Grades 7-12 (high school)

13th July

Wednesday 11am - 1pm

online

Come join our exciting holiday workshops. We will meet for 2 hours through Zoom, staying connected from a distance! These workshops will be run by our wonderful, supportive Storytellers, as they take you through games and writing activities. Apply Now

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Just Add Ink

Grades 3-6 (primary school)

Monday 25th July - 12th September

Mondays, 3:30-5pm

online

Come along to our Just Add Ink program, where we will meet online every Monday to create stories through fun activities and writing games. Our supportive Storytellers guide you in becoming an even better writer. Every week we build on...

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Control Alt. Edit

Grades 7-12 (high school)

Tuesday 26th July - 13th September

Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm

online

Join our Control Alt. Edit program, where we will meet online every Tuesday, to help enhance your writing skills through creative activities and sharing stories. Whether it’s poetry, scripts or short fiction, you will be supported by our Storytellers...

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This is Canon

Grades 7-12 (high school)

Wednesday 27th July 14th September

Wednesdays 3.30 - 5pm

online

Join our This is Canon program, where we will meet online every Wednesday, to help enhance your writing skills through creative activities and sharing stories. Whether it’s poetry, scripts or short fiction, you will be supported by our Storytellers...

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Unreal Writers

Grades 3-6 (primary school)

Thursday 28th July - 15th September

Thursdays 3.30 - 5pm

online

Come along to our Unreal Writers program, where we will meet online every Thursday to create stories through writing activities and stories. As our supportive Storytellers guide you in becoming an even better writer. Every week we build on your...

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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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Apply for an after-school workshop now.

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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