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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Thank you Annabel Crabb, Leigh Sales and the amazing Chatter community!  Proceeds from your ticket purchases from the Friday and Saturday of the Chat 10, Looks 3 Sydney live shows will support amazing young people in Western Sydney to write brighter futures in our fun and engaging creative writing workshops, building confidence and literacy at a critical time. Thank you!  📷 Jacquie Manning
We are thrilled to welcome our new deputy chair, Ali Green, and our new chair, Gemma Salteri!  Our founding chair, Michael Gonski, is stepping down at the end of this month and from the bottom our hearts we want to acknowledge his amazing contribution to Story Factory over the last 10 years. We wouldn’t be where we are without him – thank you.  Ali is co-founder and CEO of Pantera Press, a leading independent publisher, who was named one of Australia’s 100 most influential women by the The Australian Financial Review and was a 2019 and 2020 Sydney Young Entrepreneur of the Year.  Gemma was Philanthropy Australia’s Emerging Philanthropist of the Year in 2016. She is Executive Director of the CAGES Foundation, which won Philanthropy Australia’s inaugural Indigenous Philanthropy Award last year.  We know Story Factory is in very safe hands, and thank Ali and Gemma sincerely for taking on these roles.
Last year, we worked with more than 7,000 young people in Western Sydney, helping them to find and share their voices and keeping them engaged in writing and learning.  This year we want to reach even more! Donate now to our Writing Brighter Futures Appeal to help us reach an additional 1,000 more young people in Western Sydney through our life-changing creative writing programs.  Donate now via the link in our bio.
Did you know that you can now buy some Story Factory publications in select bookstores? Head down to @betterreadbookshop this weekend and grab a copy of our wonderful publication Marvellous Birds! It's the perfect gift for a young (or grown up) person in your life!