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

Mood Poem: Untitled

By Evey, Stage 4

Going to my plane ready for Tokyo Holding my suitcase while eating my satay Reaching the gate saying “bye” to my mates

Story about an Animal

By Lachlan, Stage 4

Every morning I wake up to a flock of beautiful birds sitting on a tree. Every time I try to feed them they always fly away.

Museum of Me: The Trophy

By Ali Safari, Stage 4

My trophy is special to me because it represents my achievement towards football.

Mood Poem: The Feast

By Ali Safari, Stage 4

I like being home and spending time with my family. It makes me feel glad and epic.

Story about an Animal

By Ali Safari, Stage 4

‘ROOOAR!’ As the predator was searching for his prey he suddenly came across a big fleshy snail.

Mood Poem: Chocolate and Brooklyn 99

By Jamal, Stage 4

When I'm in my room and I am relaxed on the bed, it makes me feel safe. I’m in my room crunching on chocolate. The chocolate makes me feel relaxed.

Story about an Animal

By Jamal, Stage 4

There was a tiger who was trying to get a cheater running away from the furious tiger. Cheater is so fast that the lion could not catch it.

Museum of Me: My Gold medal

By Boran, Stage 4

My gold medal looks very shiny and it is golden. It feels like it is very heavy and sometimes it can be a little cold.

Mood Poem: Untitled 

By Boran, Stage 4

My home and my school make me feel very relaxed. My favourite TV show ‘Cobra Kai’ is a very cool show and it makes me feel very awesome because I can relate the story to my life.

Story about an Animal

By Boran, Stage 4

One T-rex has noticed that an asteroid is going to hit earth and end the world. He wanted to survive, so he tried to make something that can make him get out of earth.

Museum of Me: The Soccer Trophy

By Zaki, Stage 4

It’s a trophy cup About the size of a rabbit. Some parts are metal Some parts are plastic To me, it’s significance is the friends that I made. My team

Mood Poem: Home

By Zaki, Stage 4

I love my home for the fact that it is where I grew up, Where my family will be. I also love mangoes because they can be sweet and sour Just like friendships.

Story about an Animal

By Zaki, Stage 4

There was a lion trying to hunt a gazelle. It was stalking it’s every move, following it and it appears the lion leaps for the kill.

Museum of Me: Untitled

By Daniel R, Stage 4

My family album looks like an old photo album. Like a box. It makes us feel happy when we look through it.

Mood Poem: Untitled 

By Daniel R, Stage 4

Walking around the zoo Amazing smells going through my lungs, I meet my favourite teacher, Miss Creek.

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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!