Factory Feedback

Young writers (aged 7-17)

Get Your Start as a Professional Writer

Story Factory is seeking young writers (aged 7-17) who love writing and have something to say to submit their writing for publication for our newest program – Factory Feedback.

This program is designed to support, champion and amplify the voices of the brilliant young people of Australia.

We will work with you to edit and develop your writing (both fiction and non-fiction) and then publish successful submissions on our website, as well as pay a small honorarium for your work.

We’re looking for shorter pieces suitable for publishing online on our website. We’d love to read your three-volume novel but it’s a bit tricky to publish online so we may suggest publishing an extract of longer work submitted. Up to 1000 words is a good fit, as a guideline.

We’ll ask for your name, age, address and school to check your eligibility for this program as part of the application process.

Factory Feedback  is our vote of confidence in the voices of young people.

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in 2022, all from the comfort of your home?  In the new year we'll have more flexible volunteering opportunities available via Zoom. By becoming a Story Factory Digital Tutor in the new year, you’ll be able to help our primary students find their voice and share their stories. 
Find out more on our website: 
https://www.storyfactory.org.au/volunteer
Parramatta’s Female Factory Institutions Precinct, tucked into a particularly picturesque corner of Parramatta, is a place rich in history and memory. It’s a history that our program this year connected with - inviting students to consider the living traces of that history around them.  The results we collected into an especially beautiful publication, available now in our bookstore, featuring full colour art prints and poems created by our students.  Buy at https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/
The class of 2021! These miraculous young people, in the midst of disrupted learning and all the stress of 2021, somehow have written a novella or poetry chapbook as part of our Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella year-long programs.  Their words are as beautiful, moving, funny and wise and they are. We actually couldn’t be more proud.  Today we celebrate them and their manifold achievements.
We're thrilled to share that with the support of Clarity Pharmaceuticals we are recruiting a dedicated Indigenous Storyteller to deliver high- impact, term-length writing programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people  Clarity Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, said he was excited to support Story Factory after growing up in community housing in the Redfern area.  ‘My grandparents, after immigrating from Europe after the war, were some of the first people to move into the McKell housing commission units in the early 1960s and lived there until the 90s. And my earliest memories as a child were living on the 14th floor of the Daniel Solander building in the Waterloo Housing Complex. This experience has given me a unique understanding of the area compared to many of my peers, especially of some of the difficulties some children face through no fault of their own, whether it is a lack of resources, or not knowing where opportunities lie.'  READ MORE: https://www.storyfactory.org.au/local-kid-gives-back-to-his-community/

Factory Feedback was created with, and generously supported by, the Dusseldorp Forum.

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Stories from this Program

Emus

By Dunya, Year 6

The emu has a shaggy grey-brown to black plumage. The bare skin around their face and neck is a striking blue-black colour. Emu chicks are grey with black or brown stripes, so that only the other emus can see it.

People Are Way Too Quick To Judge

By Dunya, Year 6

Have you ever been a situation where you had assumed something that wasn’t true? Well I have and that’s why I am 100% positive that people assume things way too quickly! People still haven’t learnt that things are not always as they seem!

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By Mina

One day there was a monster called Jacob. He was so kind to all of the people. He used to not have any friends. One time a girl called Sarah saw him, then she said “why are you sad?” Then he said, because nobody wants to be his friend. Then she said, “I could be your friend.” Then they were playing at the park together. After one week they were at the forest.

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By Clok

Once upon a time I saw a yellow car and I saw a yellow toy I want. I go to the shop and buy a big toy and I go back home and I go to shower and I play with my Ipad and I go to the shop again and I buy another toy and then go to bed.

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By Danial

Once upon a time, there was a family in a big house. The family were helping and working together. The little boy and his mum were cleaning the little boy’s room up and...

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By Muler

One day, there was a lost dog in the street. He was walking around. I rescued him from the car. We took it to his family. He was happy he went to our house and the last day he went back home.

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By Elia

One day there was an old house. There is a boy and a girl, but 1 minute later Godzilla fights King Kong and they made a huge storm and the boy and girl flew up into the sky and they went to the galaxy and they fight and fight in the galaxy and the boy and the girl died.

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By Yahya

Some day I sat in the grass and someone came and said to me “I am police. I want you to be your friend”. I tell him, “Okay I want to be yours, and be police and I want to be king”.

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By Angela

I colour shapes in a paper with paint and the colours are light. Once I am done, I give it to the teacher and she marks it, then puts it on my report. At the end of the day I like to go with my family to eat ice cream at Big W.

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By Zain

Right after I turned on the TV, it flickered on and off. Then suddenly all the trolls came to life! Thank God that Bular the bad troll didn’t come to life or else I would be dead by now. They were huge.

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By Nancy

One day, there was a princess living in a castle with her mom and dad. Her name is Mirna. They were a very happy family, but unfortunately one day their mom died because she was really sick and the dad tried to get doctors to help her, but even the doctors couldn’t help her.

Spider-Man Narrative

By Jonathan, Year 5

Peter is a agile, young and short boy who watches Spider-Man practically every day. Peter glued watching his Spider-Man cartoon with fascination until his mother called him for dinner.

Change is Scary

By Fatuma, Year 9

I walk into my creepy basement to get my family's old rusty camera and hear a big bang. I turn on the light and it starts to flicker. I see the camera from a distance. I walk toward the camera and try to grab it. I start to feel something brush against my skin. I immediately realize it’s a bunch of spiders and cockroaches.

Don’t Target Bob

By Jayden, Year 6

Bob sprinted past the abandoned factory, glancing at the basketball court next to it. His head turned to see the distance between him and the two black clothed people. There was about 50 meters between them.

Lies

By Zahra, Year 12

My umbrella shines bright red amongst others, exposing my identity. This place where I live is considered dystopian. Here the government tracks down every move of its citizens, not allowing one to have their own voice and feelings.

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in 2022, all from the comfort of your home?  In the new year we'll have more flexible volunteering opportunities available via Zoom. By becoming a Story Factory Digital Tutor in the new year, you’ll be able to help our primary students find their voice and share their stories. 
Find out more on our website: 
https://www.storyfactory.org.au/volunteer
Parramatta’s Female Factory Institutions Precinct, tucked into a particularly picturesque corner of Parramatta, is a place rich in history and memory. It’s a history that our program this year connected with - inviting students to consider the living traces of that history around them.  The results we collected into an especially beautiful publication, available now in our bookstore, featuring full colour art prints and poems created by our students.  Buy at https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/
The class of 2021! These miraculous young people, in the midst of disrupted learning and all the stress of 2021, somehow have written a novella or poetry chapbook as part of our Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella year-long programs.  Their words are as beautiful, moving, funny and wise and they are. We actually couldn’t be more proud.  Today we celebrate them and their manifold achievements.
We're thrilled to share that with the support of Clarity Pharmaceuticals we are recruiting a dedicated Indigenous Storyteller to deliver high- impact, term-length writing programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people  Clarity Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, said he was excited to support Story Factory after growing up in community housing in the Redfern area.  ‘My grandparents, after immigrating from Europe after the war, were some of the first people to move into the McKell housing commission units in the early 1960s and lived there until the 90s. And my earliest memories as a child were living on the 14th floor of the Daniel Solander building in the Waterloo Housing Complex. This experience has given me a unique understanding of the area compared to many of my peers, especially of some of the difficulties some children face through no fault of their own, whether it is a lack of resources, or not knowing where opportunities lie.'  READ MORE: https://www.storyfactory.org.au/local-kid-gives-back-to-his-community/