Instahope

For thousands of years people have known about the beneficial effects of reading and writing: bibliotherapy. But in the social media era students have created something new…

In a Story Factory Big Project for 2019-20 teenagers wrote InstaPoems in response to real-life issues, and shared them online, dispensing our newest invention – InstaHope!

In a series of one-off writing workshops at high schools right across Sydney and Western Sydney, and online workshops for those writing at home, students were guided to write poems for Instagram to cure some of life’s problems.

There is more than one way to get this InstaHope excellence in your life. Undoubtedly the most thrilling way is with the publication of our book – INSTAHOPE (which you can buy in our bookstore) but you can also get into it on the program’s namesake, Instagram, where we shared these written delights on @sydneystoryfactory

This project has been generously supported by BridgeLane and the Sheargold Foundation.

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Stories from this Program

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By Ambrose, Year 10

How to be truly content when you see the pain in everyone, the way they train to hold back water fountains. Here are some things you can do: get dates...

cure /kjʊə,kjɔː/ noun: restore to health

By Farbeen, Year 10

first whiff of scent from a dish you just cooked the steam from a hot shower filling up a winter evening the scent of a jasmine candle filling up a...

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By Halley, Year 10

Sometimes, the future doesn’t seem so nice. The future seems bleak, cold, lonely, faraway no no. Get together your fears, talk to them. What do they need? Take care of...

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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/
This year we worked with Year 5 and 6 students in four Western Sydney schools exploring the feathered beauty of some truly incredible birds.  Students investigated themes such as community, displacement, and environmental change – under the all-seeing gaze of the magnificent, mysterious (and occasionally menacing!) birdlife of the world (as well as our storytellers).  These stories have now been brought magnificently to life for the world to enjoy in both film and book form! Check out our first story below, and view the full thrilling tale on our website.  MARVELLOUS BIRDS - A STORY FACTORY BIG PROJECT:
tinyurl.com/57wfadts  #marvellousbirds #storyfactory
Celebrate the end of lockdown by walking past our Redfern headquarters one evening this week, and drink in the beauty of our #artwritelight installation.  Combining the artwork of @blakdouglas and the writing of Western Sydney school students, this exhibition is a celebration of creativity in an especially challenging year.  On after dark until 9 November, make sure to scan the QR codes to hear the stories written by each talented student!
This World Teacher's Day we want to give an extra-special shout out to the teachers who for the last two years have gone above and beyond in truly moving and spectacular ways.  Like the teachers at @holroydhighschool who, with a student body of up to 90% of students for whom English is an additional language, and 50% of whom are refugees, had to work extra hard to ensure their students stayed connected and supported.  Initiatives like calling every student every week, sending attendance and praise letters home every week, sending regular student surveys to check in how students are going and if the teachers are keeping their attention, ensuring their lessons are strong visually and completely remodelled in order to manage a limited bandwidth, and creating programs especially designed to be fun and engaging (like ours!) all had a wonderful success rate - with 90% student attendance at Holroyd during lockdown.  We want to publicly salute these teachers - and all the teachers like them - who gave so much during unprecedented times to keep students safe, supported and learning.  Thank you teachers!!  #WorldTeachersDay