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 4. Get in touch to find out more and book now.

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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! Through different poetry writing activities, all exploring different foods like hot chips, ice cream & even finger limes, students will be introduced to different literary devices, work with mentor texts &...

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Art Alive!

Stage 2

Term Long (8 weeks)

Spend time exploring the works of artists such as Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran & Rhonda Napurrula Sharpe, & use their quirky & colourful pieces to inspire poetry, through drama & discussion to describe colour, shape & movement, bring each artwork alive...

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Plant Powered

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 is stranger than fiction. In this series, students dive into the world of plants & explore a range of tools & techniques...

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Origin Stories

Stage 3

Term Long (8 weeks)

Imagine you could be a superhero. What would your powers be? What would your vulnerabilities be? How could you turn your real-life strengths & differences into superpowers? From Cleverman to Ms Marvel, Daredevil to El Deafo, we'll look at a...

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Monkey Biz

Stage 2

One-off workshop (2 hours)

In this fun, interactive workshop, students investigate the emotional life of a monkey, & learn simple steps to write about characters' personalities, emotions & character traits, learning all about the art of characterisation.

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Robot Bird

Stage 3

One-off workshop (2 hours)

At the Story Factory we’ve wrestled (in a totally gentle & bird-friendly way, of course) birds & poetry into the mechanised, robotic 21st century. Join us as we create a fantastical Robot Bird, a creature that represents some special...

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Deadly Lyrics

Stage 4

Term Long (8 weeks)

Music is the Meditjin!! Explore & write poetic & lyrical expression as students are inspired by contemporary First Nations songs & poetry, many of which possess historical, social & cultural significance.

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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 & enjoy the scenery? In this hilarious workshop series, students will focus on the narrative element of descriptive writing, exploring how to create setting & atmosphere as...

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Prose Poetry

Stage 5

Term Long (8 weeks)

This playful, hybrid & flexible form of short writing gives developing writers rich opportunities to learn about & experiment with an abundant range of language features as they produce fun, achievable & dense texts. Anthologies will be full of postcard...

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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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Davey Moore and so much more

Stage 5

Term Long (8 weeks)

Come explore gripping fiction & non-fiction stories, hidden histories & scandals from the world of professional & amateur sport & other competitive pursuits. Students will create a portfolio of short pieces of writing in such forms as poetry, microfiction &...

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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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