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

It's #AustralianReadingHour celebrating #StoriesthatMatter. For us at Story Factory, our students stories matter so it's the perfect chance to reread #thecoconutchildren by Vivian Pham, who wrote this captivating tale as part of our Year of the Novella writing program.  We want to know what you're reading and getting you feeling inspired too?
Why is literacy so important? Yes, literacy lets you experience your favourite books and different worlds and perspectives, and yes - literacy allows you participate in the workforce, and share your own perspective, and opens all kinds of doors - but ultimately what literacy does is empower.  Literacy empowers individuals and improves their lives. It expands and extends their capabilities to choose the life they want for themselves.  The pandemic has been a powerful reminder of the critical importance of literacy, and the absolute imperative that all young people everywhere are empowered through literacy.  This #internationalliteracyday we'll be doing our bit to make writing fun, accessible and empowering for young people in Western Sydney, so they can experience the life-changing magic of telling their own stories.  Maybe take a moment today the think about how literacy has shaped your own life too.
Tune in at 10am this Wednesday 28 July to NSW Department of Education Facebook page to catch Story Factory's own Matt Roden share some Cyborg poultry poetry tips from our much-loved Robot Bird workshops.  This free online workshop is perfect for primary school students, years 3-6. See you there bird-lovers! 🐦🐔🦅 #education #creativeeducation #creativewriting
Student writing from Marvellous Birds is flapping into our bookstore and into your homes. Pre-order your copy today to get your hands on some truly marvellous stuff, like these excerpts below.  Dinky Winky was a crazy bird but pretty helpful. Sen is easy to see because of her shiny red and blue feathers, her eyes were bright red but not when she looks at someone because she always wears contact lenses. - Staaistah, Dawson Public School  I terminated the call and spread my magnificent wings, stretching inside my New York penthouse. It wasn’t actually mine, I had smashed through the window, grabbed the owner with my massive talons and flung him out the window. - Minh, Blaxcell Street Public School  The woman had very long jet black hair with some silver and white strands. She wasn’t old, just creative. – Maple, Plumpton Public School  ‘I AM SAVAGE BABY,’ he said with half an ice cream in his mouth. ‘You want to hear a dirty joke?’
‘NO I don’t.’ I shot back. ‘Okay, maybe just one, thank you.’
‘The dirty joke is that the man fell in the mud and for a clean joke, he washed himself. Ta da.’ - Huzifa, Punchbowl Public School  PREORDER TODAY: https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/book-shop/snkv4t0g2ocpr93uv9du0e4maqns4a-trtd5
We've got another very exciting new position available at Story Factory. We're looking for an Indigenous Storyteller to help us run creative writing programs with young people aged 7 to 17 in schools, community groups and at our centres.  The person we’re looking for has significant experience working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a deep understanding of how to support them to achieve the best outcomes; as well as a love of creative writing. Applicants be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.  Sound like you? Apply today!  https://www.storyfactory.org.au/work-with-us/

@SydneyStoryFactory on Instagram

It's #AustralianReadingHour celebrating #StoriesthatMatter. For us at Story Factory, our students stories matter so it's the perfect chance to reread #thecoconutchildren by Vivian Pham, who wrote this captivating tale as part of our Year of the Novella writing program.  We want to know what you're reading and getting you feeling inspired too?
Why is literacy so important? Yes, literacy lets you experience your favourite books and different worlds and perspectives, and yes - literacy allows you participate in the workforce, and share your own perspective, and opens all kinds of doors - but ultimately what literacy does is empower.  Literacy empowers individuals and improves their lives. It expands and extends their capabilities to choose the life they want for themselves.  The pandemic has been a powerful reminder of the critical importance of literacy, and the absolute imperative that all young people everywhere are empowered through literacy.  This #internationalliteracyday we'll be doing our bit to make writing fun, accessible and empowering for young people in Western Sydney, so they can experience the life-changing magic of telling their own stories.  Maybe take a moment today the think about how literacy has shaped your own life too.
Tune in at 10am this Wednesday 28 July to NSW Department of Education Facebook page to catch Story Factory's own Matt Roden share some Cyborg poultry poetry tips from our much-loved Robot Bird workshops.  This free online workshop is perfect for primary school students, years 3-6. See you there bird-lovers! 🐦🐔🦅 #education #creativeeducation #creativewriting
Student writing from Marvellous Birds is flapping into our bookstore and into your homes. Pre-order your copy today to get your hands on some truly marvellous stuff, like these excerpts below.  Dinky Winky was a crazy bird but pretty helpful. Sen is easy to see because of her shiny red and blue feathers, her eyes were bright red but not when she looks at someone because she always wears contact lenses. - Staaistah, Dawson Public School  I terminated the call and spread my magnificent wings, stretching inside my New York penthouse. It wasn’t actually mine, I had smashed through the window, grabbed the owner with my massive talons and flung him out the window. - Minh, Blaxcell Street Public School  The woman had very long jet black hair with some silver and white strands. She wasn’t old, just creative. – Maple, Plumpton Public School  ‘I AM SAVAGE BABY,’ he said with half an ice cream in his mouth. ‘You want to hear a dirty joke?’
‘NO I don’t.’ I shot back. ‘Okay, maybe just one, thank you.’
‘The dirty joke is that the man fell in the mud and for a clean joke, he washed himself. Ta da.’ - Huzifa, Punchbowl Public School  PREORDER TODAY: https://shop.storyfactory.org.au/book-shop/snkv4t0g2ocpr93uv9du0e4maqns4a-trtd5
We've got another very exciting new position available at Story Factory. We're looking for an Indigenous Storyteller to help us run creative writing programs with young people aged 7 to 17 in schools, community groups and at our centres.  The person we’re looking for has significant experience working with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a deep understanding of how to support them to achieve the best outcomes; as well as a love of creative writing. Applicants be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.  Sound like you? Apply today!  https://www.storyfactory.org.au/work-with-us/