All Story Factory programs align closely with the syllabus to support teachers achieving their goals.

We work with schools in many ways:

  1. One-off workshops: bring a class to visit us for a two-hour blast of creative writing inspiration at our beautifully-designed creative writing centres in Redfern or Parramatta. 
  2. Term Programs: book us to come to your school. We can work with you to deliver a writing program once a week for a term, or multiple terms.
  3. Residency Programs: once you’ve tried the above, apply to become a Story Factory Residency School. We’ll commit to working with your students for at least a year, working with multiple classes, to create a culture of writing throughout the school. 

All programs, whether they run for two hours or a term, end with the publication of students’ writing in a handsomely bound book which they can take home to share with their family and community.

Enquire for a free writing workshop series via: info@storyfactory.org.au

PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

HIGH SCHOOL WORKSHOPS

For Primary school students

We get kids excited about writing. Our programs are designed to spark students’ imaginations and channel their energy and enthusiasm into the writing process. We share, we talk, we laugh and we write.

Term-long workshops

Bugs' Eye View

Bugs’ Eye View

  • Stage 2
  • Term 2 (term-long)
  • In person

Think narrative and characterisation…but smaller. Bug sized. In this workshop students will explore narrative writing through the perspective of their very own hybrid bug character. Students will engage in characterisation and world-building, creating sensory descriptions and looking at everyday objects from an extremely different perspective.

Flavour of the Week

Flavour of the Week

  • Stage 3
  • Term 2 (term-long)
  • In person

Delicious! Nutritious! Fictitious! This workshop series encourages students develop and write with their personal voice through poetry and narrative forms of writing all centred around food. Students will be introduced to a range of literary devices through mentor texts and create their own pieces of writing exploring their identity and experiences through the glorious topic of…food!

The students find it difficult to find their voice in this world but the workshop allowed them a safe and free space to express themselves. They just soared.

Teacher

Sydney Secondary College

For High school students

Our experienced storytellers use research-informed approaches to promote discussion, engagement and motivation to write for all our high school students. We offer a range of programs, from year-long projects with extremely reluctant writers to shorter programs with motivated writers looking for opportunities to hone their craft and get their voice out into the world.

Term-long workshops

Youth Culture

Youth Culture

  • Stage 4 (Advanced)
  • Term 2 (term-long)
  • In person

Welcome to Youth Culture. In this workshop series students develop their understanding of personal writing to produce short pieces of fiction and non-fiction that capture their lived experiences. Over eight workshops, students will reflect on the diverse cultures that have shaped their identities to create a suite of short prose, poetry and memoir pieces that collectively embody who they are as individuals. Students will also learn to develop their voices authentically as young writers by engaging with texts and materials composed by writers and artists of similar backgrounds and demographics.

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Pride Inside

Pride Inside

  • Stage 4 (Engagement and Advanced)
  • Term 2 (term-long)
  • In person

Looking to share contemporary and significant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices with your students? Each week students will explore a range of mentor texts crafted by First Nations artists and use it as inspiration for their own writing. They will learn about Indigenous cultures and languages from diverse communities around Australia, and will explore their own experiences and values as they write a series of short pieces of writing.

Rants and Raves

Rants and Raves

  • Stage 4 (Engagement)
  • Term 2 (term-long)
  • In person

In this eight week long workshop series students will have the opportunity to both vent, roast and complain and to praise, compliment and celebrate! They will create a varied suite of short pieces that may include poetry, short narratives, informative writing and multimodal texts, All this writing, which will include odes and anti-odes, will afford students fun and engaging opportunities to develop ideas, experiment with writing strategies as they let off steam, give sick burns and then take off their hats to their passions and enthusiasms.

Olfactory

Olfactory

  • Stage 5 (Advanced)
  • Term 2 (term-long)
  • In person

“Smells like teen writing…”

‌In this workshop series students will learn about features of discursive writing and create a series of short responses or segments that will accumulate to become a personal essay about the olfactory world. From surveying their peers as to what is the most pukeworthy smell to developing their very own “personality perfume” students will reflect on and share their personal connections to the world of smells, odours and fragrances. Lynx Africa, anyone?

Student will learn about and employ such features as anecdotes, figurative language, factoids, allusion and anaphora.

Short and Suite (Prose)

Short and Suite (Prose)

  • Stage 5 (Engagement)
  • Term 2
  • In person

Want to write prose poetry but not sure where to start? We got you. In this workshop series, students will create short pieces of prose poetry inspired by mentors texts from Australia and across time and place. These workshops are an excellent introduction to the form of prose poetry and will allow students to experiment with the fluidity of this form in a way that is accessible and fun. This series is designed and suited for students who may be struggling to engage in writing.

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One-off workshops

The best thing about this program is it gets kids to let their minds take control and create unique things and let their imagination come to life.

Student

St Clair High school