Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella

High School Students

High School

Our Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella programs invite students who want to stretch their writing muscles to spend an entire year writing either a collection of poetry or a novella.

In weekly after-school sessions with our dedicated storytellers, and with visits from professional authors, these young people work through all the stages of writing – from idea generation, to developing writing plans, problem solving, working through writer’s block, editing and completing a major piece of writing.

At the end of the year students work with professional editors to get their work ready for publication, and we celebrate their achievements with a launch. Family and friends are all invited.

We are incredibly proud of this program and the students who continually amaze us with their imagination and perspective.

Like all of our writing workshops, Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella are provided free of charge to students who come from communities that may be under-resourced, for whom English may be an Additional Language or Dialect, are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or otherwise do not have access to programs like this one.

If you’re interested in participating in 2022, email students@storyfactory.org.au and tell us a little about yourself!

Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella

Past Alumni

All of our students create something special in the course of their year of writing, with some going on to achieve wider recognition. Vivian Pham wrote an early version of The Coconut Children as part of Year of the Novella in 2017 which has since gone on to be published with Penguin Random House. It led to her being named the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist in 2021 and winning the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year at the ABIA Awards 2021. Duy Quang Mai’s poetry has been recognised internationally and published in many literary journals. You can buy their writing at the Story Factory bookshop.

Year of the Novella and Year of Poetry  are our open programs for high school aged young people who love to write and want to stretch themselves creatively. Over weekly writing workshops over the course of a year, students commit to writing either a novella or a collection of poetry for professional publication at the end of the year.

If you’re interested in participating in 2022, email students@storyfactory.org.au and tell us a little about yourself!

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

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.

Stories from this Program

Raven’s Eye

By Kai

Imagine waking up in a cell strapped to a chair, how would you feel? Well, this is what happened to Ivan. The metal shackles were cold on Ivan’s wrists and...

Le Demyon

By Lidija

When they got to the town the sun was making its first appearance, which meant it was almost time for the ceremony. Each person aged from 16 to 20 would...

Kintsugi

By Zoe

She could sip wine from the caverns created by my collar bones during my witching hour heartbreak, quench the thirst of my dying marrow with the golden residue her lips...

Gemini

By Tinoosh

The detective walked into the crowded office; it was bustling with noise. People were running around, papers were scattered all over the floor, and he could hear yells through the...

Frostbite

By Isaiah

Driving into Lovewill is surprisingly remarkable; the winding mountain road, like a tongue, wrapped around the humble icy hills and farmland that reaches out and fills the horizon. The road...

G.I.R.L. after Tyler Walter

By Bea

a girl can help you find the child you lost long before you knew what a girl was. a girl can be purple or green or blue or red in...

I want to say this together

By Naikbakht

I want to say from me from you from others from the story of Layla and Majnun the destinies between Earth and Moon the spirit of stars around sky my...

Until the Sun Sets

By Nickie

I handed the receptionist a black fountain pen debossed with the outline of a gold nerine flower. He adjusted his glasses to take a closer look and glanced up at...

Nan

By Asha

And in the wisdom of the eyes She passes down the tales of what she’s seen before her Why some things are the way they are And how things came...

Where have we gone

By Jihad

When the world goes Silent into the endless Sea we call our Perilous mind creating insane Illusions, keeping us alive Amidst a sea of temporary Loss which none believe Our...

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

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.