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

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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.

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By Maron

There is a big blue robot and he is very tall. He fights bad people in Sydney. The night at the Opera House, a good person who is 38 years old was just walking.

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By Awsam

Hi. I am Awsam. I go to the park. It was a big park and I play and play with my bike and with my sister and I play with my dad and mum too. And play running and run with my bike too.

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By Fidel

In the park, I play soccer with my dad. The park is big; it’s like huge. It has somewhere to play slides, swings and more fun things to play with. The park is in Smithfield. It’s near my school.

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By Violet

I go to St Gertrude Primary School. My favourite thing to do is to play with my friends. We play fun games. My favourite game is the floor is lava. Sometimes me and my friends tell funny stories.

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By Anela

One day, I was playing on my iPad, but then someone sends me a message and the message said, “Can you help me please?”.

Ghost Boy

By Georgia, Year 6

Pierce was a rather quiet, mysterious boy, he was pale with gorgeous olive eyes, his long brown hair covered them though. Yet, he disappeared and reappeared in the flash of an eye...

WHAT MATTERS?

By Lauren, Year 10

The content below contains mature themes. If you have any concerns or if you are below 12 years of age please do not continue reading. If you are above 12 years of age and wish to continue reading, please scroll down the page.

Ice-cream: Frozen Explosion

By Lauren, Year 10

My eyes glistened under the typical scorching sun, on a typical summer’s day, amongst a typical family. Although my insatiable crave for the ‘Frozen Explosion’ was certainly, uncontrollable.

freedom?

By Lauren, Year 10

The fleeting thought of eternal freedom never failed to disrupt the crooked women, trapped in a cage built by herself. Restrained by the laws of marriage and societal norms with her 60 year old husband, she lays paralysed on her own bed, only watching the hours tick by before her husband comes home.

Are We Here Yet?

By Lauren, Year 10

The serenity of such an atmosphere continued to play a soft melody, soothing the two into an unworldly state of consciousness. The vast endless ocean of harmonious oranges, reds and pinks swirled together to unveil new land.

bubble tea

By Lauren, Year 10

I slowly transition my youthful eyes to the long line of customers, leading up to my second house, my one and only place, my home.

Students Should Not Wear School Uniforms

By John, Year 5

Would you make students wear uncomfortable, annoying school uniforms? Well let me tell you that in my opinion students should never wear school uniforms! I have listed 3 things that list why you should not wear school uniforms.

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By Susan

One day, there was a prince walking in the forest. Suddenly he met a poor girl. Her name was Lala. He asked her to come with him to work like maids. Lala went with the prince.

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By Mirna

One day, I was sitting in the park. I just got bored and thought that I could have a little bit of walking. So I went somewhere so weird. I found a really interesting door. So I went through it. I was so shocked.

@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/