We're Writing to Say

We’re Writing to Say... is a Story Factory project that aimed to creatively document the lived experience of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the shared experience of a truly unprecedented year, the project connected young people with each other: building empathy, embracing inclusion and providing a forum for them to share their stories and reflections. Buy the book  here.

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Stories from this Program

My Statement

By Gunisha, Year 7

To start off, I have just started high school this year and so I have cooking classes that have allowed me to cook for my family and show them (let...

Black Red

By SJ, Year 11

Depression is a monster that eats away at people’s minds Anxiety eats away all your self-esteem My nights are long My days are short Even nature doesn’t seem perfect anymore...

Museum of Me

By Taraziya, Year 10

TOWEL This towel is from when I was born, when the priest baptised me. My mum put me in the towel, the colour is white, it was so big and...

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By Ciel, Year 11

Me, Wayne and Sarah met up on a hot, dark Hawaiian beach at 10 o’clock at night. Sarah came in a big purple dune buggy, it was funny because we...

Museum of Me

By Garvika, Year 7

DANCING SHOES Dancing is my passion and I love it. I did my first dance performance when I was five or six years old. I have done hundreds of shows...

Museum of Me by Lillian

By Lillian, Stage 4

My bracelet has lots of charms that represent different aspects of my life. One special charm was given to me when my brother was born, making this really special. When...

Mood Poem by Lillian

By Lillian, Stage 4

Remember when grass was green? The sun made water gleem? Remember the sound of chirping birds? When I studied them like a nerd? Now the grass is always dead. Looks...

Story about an Animal by Lillian

By Lillian, Stage 4

Story about an animal “The sun is up AGAIN! I can’t believe it!” yelled my brother waking up our farmer person Bill. “Of course it did. It always does.” I...

Museum of Me by Kiara

By Kiara, Stage 4

Pink elephant When I was young, I got Elephant a pink elephant who fulfils my childhood memories. One time we made a plushy race where we would throw a bunch...

Mood Poem by Kiara

By Kiara, Stage 4

Cold air blows on my arm, peaceful quiet there is no harm; Loud and piercing, a screech I hear, Cold and quiet again I fear. Ears ring loud, quiet alarming,...

Colour Poem by Aaron

By Aaron, Stage 4

Blue is the table cover feels smooth looks long and small tastes of yucky germs reminds me of safe travel   Yellow  is lemon feels hard looks like a lemon...

Museum of Me

By Ben, Stage 4

My basketballMy basketball feels grippy nice light and easy to shoot with.  I play with Ammar and my team.PhotosA photo with me and my cousin smells like old – the...

Mood Poem

By Ben, Stage 4

Queensland, I love this place.Smells of the air makes me feel refreshedHogwarts is so goodI love the smell of fresh new shoes from the shopAnd I love winning. Winning makes...

50 Word Story: An unexpected celebration

By Ben, Stage 4

Once it was a cold night and I was coming home from my late night shift at maccas. Me slurping from my slurpee. I hear a sound in the car...

Suddenly, things are my friends

By Ben, Stage 4

When I was a kid I had a robot as a friend. He was the coolest Person we played hide and seek and lots of other games. But once he...

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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/