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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Story Factory acknowledges the oldest living culture in the world.  We also extend our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and acknowledge their ongoing connection to land, sea and community.  Always was and always will be.  Artwork by Danielle Mate.
This week Story Factory Executive Director Cath Keenan is down in Canberra to celebrate 20 years of the Australian of the Year Local Hero Award. The Local Hero award celebrates people who lead by example and encourage others to be active in their own communities and become agents of positive change for a more diverse and inclusive Australia. You can read more about the awards and some of the other amazing previous receipts here: https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/20-years-local-hero
Become a part of our vibrant volunteer community in 2023!  We are on the lookout for creative writing tutors both online and in-person to help nurture and amplify the voices of young people across NSW.  If you are interested in getting involved, the first step is to join us for an information session where we’ll provide more details about the volunteer role and what’s involved.  The next information sessions are on:  Thursday 19th January 3.30pm – 4.30pm via zoom.
Friday 20th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm at the Story Factory Redfern Centre.
Tuesday 24th January 12.00pm – 1.00pm via zoom.  Find out more and book in via the link in our bio.  📷 Jim A. Barker
Story Factory will be closed from Wednesday 21 December until Monday 16th January. We will respond to all enquiries, and mail all book orders, on our return in the new year.  Massive thanks to everyone for your continued support. We wish you  a very safe and happy holiday!
Recently we have been running a very special multilingual writing project called In a Flash, inviting people of all ages to send us a very short story or poem in English, Mandarin, Arabic or Vietnamese. 
We’ve been getting such wonderful responses that we’ve decided to extend the deadline to next year to allow more time for people to submit their writing!  Here’s one of the many great submissions we have received:  Stranded upon the shore, battered, beat and sore.
A glimpse of hope starts to rise
River water taking human size  River-person helped the boat
To keep it balanced and to stay afloat
As the boat sailed away into morning light
The river person sunk back into the water that night  Submissions are now open until the 28th February!  Follow the link in our bio to find out more and enter now.  This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.