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

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...

Story about an Animal

By Shakira, Stage 4

Every day around 7:10 am I go outside to check up and water my plants.

Museum of Me: The Oztag Award

By Nadia, Stage 4

Last year I was competing in an under 13’s girls oztag competition.

Museum of Me: The gift

By Nadia, Stage 4

Recently on my birthday, my sister came home with a kitten for me.

Museum of Me: My Dad’s Necklace

By Nadia, Stage 4

When I was a little kid my father always carried round a necklace that made him feel safe, and he passed it down to my brother which my brother recently just passed down to me.

Mood Poem: Untitled 

By Nadia, Stage 4

My cat makes me feel the best My cat’s room makes me feel the fullest and most comfortable

Story about an Animal

By Nadia, Stage 4

Every morning when I go outside for some relaxation time I catch my cat and the neighbours cat playing with each other.

Museum of Me: My Teddy Bear

By Hasti, Stage 4

An object that’s important to me is my teddy bear that is Shawn the sheep. This is really important because when I was born I was in the hospital for about a week and my grandma got this teddy bear as I got older it started becoming my best friend.

Mood Poem: Untitled

By Hasti, Stage 4

I wake to a new day, wonderful or an awful day Dress with music - feeling hyped

Story about an Animal

By Hasti, Stage 4

As soon as I get home from school, which is around 4:30, I get dressed and run to my backyard to feed the birds and sometimes I pet them.

Museum of Me: My Basketball Collection

By Evey, Stage 4

My basketball collection is very important to me because of how sentimental it is.

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Today is National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day. This year's theme is 'My Dreaming, My Future'.  At Story Factory we believe in the power of storytelling and we are so privileged to work with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people who carry with them the stories of their family, culture and Country. Today is a day to celebrate these young people and acknowledge the importance of elevating their voices and the stories they tell.
We were so excited to welcome young writers from across the country into our Parramatta Centre on Tuesday for the announcement of the winners of our writing prize!  Congratulations to all the shortlisted young writers and to everyone who submitted their writing. There were 154 submissions overall and the judges were extremely impressed by the high quality of the writing. Twelve pieces were shortlisted in four different age categories and have been published in the special 10 year anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory. Two pieces were chosen as the overall winners of the competition as well as winners in each of the four age categories.  The entries ranged from the story of a waffle gaining consciousness, to the imagined voices of flowers and trees, to powerful reflections on grief. This competition aimed to celebrate the voices of young people who aren’t heard loudly enough and we are delighted to publish them in our 10th anniversary anthology and share their voices with the world!  You can see the full list of winners and buy your copies of the anthology via the link in our bio.
Don't forget to join us on Facebook live at 4.30pm today for the very special announcement of the winners of the Story Factory 10th Anniversary Writing Prize and the launch of our special 10 year anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory.  This two-volume publication - one for younger readers and one for older readers - brings together some of our favourite bits of writing from our first decade, including all the winning and shortlisted entries from our writing prize.  These are now available to purchase on the Story Factory bookshop via the link in our bio.
Join us online next Tuesday 26 July at 4.30pm for a very special announcement of the winners of our writing prize and launch of our 10th anniversary edition of The Best of Story Factory!  You can pre order your copies today via the link in our bio!