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

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in 2022, all from the comfort of your home?  In the new year we'll have more flexible volunteering opportunities available via Zoom. By becoming a Story Factory Digital Tutor in the new year, you’ll be able to help our primary students find their voice and share their stories. 
Find out more on our website: 
https://www.storyfactory.org.au/volunteer
Parramatta’s Female Factory Institutions Precinct, tucked into a particularly picturesque corner of Parramatta, is a place rich in history and memory. It’s a history that our program this year connected with - inviting students to consider the living traces of that history around them.  The results we collected into an especially beautiful publication, available now in our bookstore, featuring full colour art prints and poems created by our students.  Buy at https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/
The class of 2021! These miraculous young people, in the midst of disrupted learning and all the stress of 2021, somehow have written a novella or poetry chapbook as part of our Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella year-long programs.  Their words are as beautiful, moving, funny and wise and they are. We actually couldn’t be more proud.  Today we celebrate them and their manifold achievements.
We're thrilled to share that with the support of Clarity Pharmaceuticals we are recruiting a dedicated Indigenous Storyteller to deliver high- impact, term-length writing programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people  Clarity Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, said he was excited to support Story Factory after growing up in community housing in the Redfern area.  ‘My grandparents, after immigrating from Europe after the war, were some of the first people to move into the McKell housing commission units in the early 1960s and lived there until the 90s. And my earliest memories as a child were living on the 14th floor of the Daniel Solander building in the Waterloo Housing Complex. This experience has given me a unique understanding of the area compared to many of my peers, especially of some of the difficulties some children face through no fault of their own, whether it is a lack of resources, or not knowing where opportunities lie.'  READ MORE: https://www.storyfactory.org.au/local-kid-gives-back-to-his-community/

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

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in 2022, all from the comfort of your home?  In the new year we'll have more flexible volunteering opportunities available via Zoom. By becoming a Story Factory Digital Tutor in the new year, you’ll be able to help our primary students find their voice and share their stories. 
Find out more on our website: 
https://www.storyfactory.org.au/volunteer
Parramatta’s Female Factory Institutions Precinct, tucked into a particularly picturesque corner of Parramatta, is a place rich in history and memory. It’s a history that our program this year connected with - inviting students to consider the living traces of that history around them.  The results we collected into an especially beautiful publication, available now in our bookstore, featuring full colour art prints and poems created by our students.  Buy at https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/
The class of 2021! These miraculous young people, in the midst of disrupted learning and all the stress of 2021, somehow have written a novella or poetry chapbook as part of our Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella year-long programs.  Their words are as beautiful, moving, funny and wise and they are. We actually couldn’t be more proud.  Today we celebrate them and their manifold achievements.
We're thrilled to share that with the support of Clarity Pharmaceuticals we are recruiting a dedicated Indigenous Storyteller to deliver high- impact, term-length writing programs supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island young people  Clarity Pharmaceuticals Executive Chairman, Dr Alan Taylor, said he was excited to support Story Factory after growing up in community housing in the Redfern area.  ‘My grandparents, after immigrating from Europe after the war, were some of the first people to move into the McKell housing commission units in the early 1960s and lived there until the 90s. And my earliest memories as a child were living on the 14th floor of the Daniel Solander building in the Waterloo Housing Complex. This experience has given me a unique understanding of the area compared to many of my peers, especially of some of the difficulties some children face through no fault of their own, whether it is a lack of resources, or not knowing where opportunities lie.'  READ MORE: https://www.storyfactory.org.au/local-kid-gives-back-to-his-community/