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

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...

Story about an Animal

By Ben, Stage 4

Or the fly that landed on my arm yesterday was very very rude. He tryed to eat me and I can’t get over it she was so disrespectful.

Museum of Me: Photo booth pictures

By Shakira, Stage 4

An object I have that is quite significant to me is some photo booth pictures.  The photo booth pictures were taken on my 11th birthday and my formal. The photo...

Mood Poem

By Shakira, Stage 4

Oh the thought of the day put a frown on my faceAs I traveled along the concrete path.As I arrived at the gate, I saw something I hateThe absence of...

50 Word Story: Suddenly, things are my friends

By Shakira, Stage 4

Not long ago I was gifted a keyboard so I was able to practice for my music test. I’ve been interacting with it I greet it when I bring it...

Museum of Me: Untitled

By Joelle

Chicken (Cooked)It smells like cooked chicken. It feels soft on some parts and hard on others. It feels greasy.It reminds me of when I was at a hotel eating chicken...

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It's #AustralianReadingHour celebrating #StoriesthatMatter. For us at Story Factory, our students stories matter so it's the perfect chance to reread #thecoconutchildren by Vivian Pham, who wrote this captivating tale as part of our Year of the Novella writing program.  We want to know what you're reading and getting you feeling inspired too?
Why is literacy so important? Yes, literacy lets you experience your favourite books and different worlds and perspectives, and yes - literacy allows you participate in the workforce, and share your own perspective, and opens all kinds of doors - but ultimately what literacy does is empower.  Literacy empowers individuals and improves their lives. It expands and extends their capabilities to choose the life they want for themselves.  The pandemic has been a powerful reminder of the critical importance of literacy, and the absolute imperative that all young people everywhere are empowered through literacy.  This #internationalliteracyday we'll be doing our bit to make writing fun, accessible and empowering for young people in Western Sydney, so they can experience the life-changing magic of telling their own stories.  Maybe take a moment today the think about how literacy has shaped your own life too.
Tune in at 10am this Wednesday 28 July to NSW Department of Education Facebook page to catch Story Factory's own Matt Roden share some Cyborg poultry poetry tips from our much-loved Robot Bird workshops.  This free online workshop is perfect for primary school students, years 3-6. See you there bird-lovers! 🐦🐔🦅 #education #creativeeducation #creativewriting
Student writing from Marvellous Birds is flapping into our bookstore and into your homes. Pre-order your copy today to get your hands on some truly marvellous stuff, like these excerpts below.  Dinky Winky was a crazy bird but pretty helpful. Sen is easy to see because of her shiny red and blue feathers, her eyes were bright red but not when she looks at someone because she always wears contact lenses. - Staaistah, Dawson Public School  I terminated the call and spread my magnificent wings, stretching inside my New York penthouse. It wasn’t actually mine, I had smashed through the window, grabbed the owner with my massive talons and flung him out the window. - Minh, Blaxcell Street Public School  The woman had very long jet black hair with some silver and white strands. She wasn’t old, just creative. – Maple, Plumpton Public School  ‘I AM SAVAGE BABY,’ he said with half an ice cream in his mouth. ‘You want to hear a dirty joke?’
‘NO I don’t.’ I shot back. ‘Okay, maybe just one, thank you.’
‘The dirty joke is that the man fell in the mud and for a clean joke, he washed himself. Ta da.’ - Huzifa, Punchbowl Public School  PREORDER TODAY: https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/book-shop/snkv4t0g2ocpr93uv9du0e4maqns4a-trtd5
We've got another very exciting new position available at Story Factory. We're looking for an Indigenous Storyteller to help us run creative writing programs with young people aged 7 to 17 in schools, community groups and at our centres.  The person we’re looking for has significant experience working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a deep understanding of how to support them to achieve the best outcomes; as well as a love of creative writing. Applicants be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.  Sound like you? Apply today!  https://www.storyfactory.org.au/work-with-us/