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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