What’s On Offer?

Story Factory has a suite of online, digital creative writing options for students aged 7 – 17 in Term 4, 2021, including:

  1. Short-series workshops. These short series of 3 workshops will be offered twice in Term 4.
  2. One-off workshops. These special one-off workshops are available in the last four weeks of the term.
  3. Online excursions. Every Friday you can join a multi-school digital seminar.

We work with communities that can be described as under-resourced, however given the lockdowns in 2021 we recognise that many students are struggling and need extra support.

In response, we’re expanding our program availability and opening up limited places for students NSW-wide from public schools, systemic catholic schools or schools otherwise serving under-resourced communities.

We’ve listed the Term 4 options below but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at info@storyfactory.org.au

Short-series workshops

For both high school and primary school

Our short-series of 3 workshops will be offered twice across Term 4, once from October 11 – 29, and again from November 1 – 19. Browse and book the workshop options below.

Puppet Radio

Stage 2

From October 11 – 29, and November 1 – 19

online

Want to learn how to argue? Turn up the radio! Tune in to the Story Factory Morning Radio Show and explore important topics, from homework to donuts, all the while practising the key techniques we can use in drafting persuasive…

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Translation Hacks

Stage 3

From October 11 – 29, and November 1 – 19

online

Ever wondered how songwriters come up with such awesome lyrics? We’re going to try writing a poem (it’s just a song without music!), with the help of a few secret internet hacks! Students will make stylistic and critical…

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Australia’s Youngest Mayor

Stage 4

From October 11 – 29, and November 1 – 19

online

Breaking News: Due to change in demographics, one town in Sydney is opening up voting to citizens over 12 years old. You know what that means? Teen Mayor! Students will design a character, write stump speeches, and answer debate questions all…

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What the heck is happening in…?

Stage 3

From October 11 – 29, and November 1 – 19

online

Ever heard of Cheese Rolling in Coopers Hill, or Worm Charming in Willaston, or the Wife Carrying Race in Dorking? In this program students act as news reporters, sent to investigate the weird traditions of small towns with odd histories…

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Accept Cookies?

Stage 5

From October 11 – 29, and November 1 – 19

online

Is the Arnott’s Family Sampler too old fashioned? Is the Tim Tam slam a sham? In these digital workshops students will build their confidence in considering writing prompts, while finding something personal and powerful to say about the vital topic…

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Found Phone, Who Dis?

Stage 5

From October 11 – 29, and November 1 – 19

online

So you find a smashed phone on the train. You want to do the right thing, but how can you know who owned the phone? Students create a character profile based on the contents of a lost phone. Drawing on…

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Yeah Nah, Nah Yeah – Anti Odes

Stage 4

From October 11 – 29, and November 1 – 19

online

In this series of three workshops students will have the opportunity to both rant and celebrate! They will develop ideas on, and write, an ode that praises and exalts, and then let off steam as they explore the form of…

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One-Off Workshops

For both high school and primary school

These special one-off workshops are available in the last four weeks of term.

Monkey Biz

Stage 2

From November 22 – December 10, 2021.

online

Are your students interested in writing stories, but still stuck in the ‘and then’ phase? In this fun, interactive digital workshop, students investigate the emotional life of a monkey and learn simple steps to write about characters and their feelings…

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Monster Under the Couch

Stage 2

From November 22 – December 10, 2021.

online

In this workshop students are asked to imagine what a hungry monster living under their couch might look and sound like. Students will be guided line by line as they construct a narrative poem about their first encounter with them…

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Haunted Computer

Stage 4

From November 22 – December 10, 2021.

online

Your laptop is leaking ectoplasm… who you gonna call? The manufacturer to ask for a refund! Drawing on two popular contemporary genres – horror movies and consumer complaints – students are given a chance to practise mashing stylistic features, language…

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ChatBot 2000

Stage 3

From November 22 – December 10, 2021.

online

Are your students finding it hard to write meaningful dialogue in their stories? In this fun and interactive workshop students will meet and help a robot – the SF Chatbot 2000 (Chatty) – have better conversations. They’ll focus on three techniques…

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A Creature Feature

Stage 5

From November 22 – December 10, 2021.

online

Have you ever had a nightmare you can’t quite explain? In this workshop students explore prose poetry and surrealism as they prepare to write their own short horror narrative based on an alien invasion. They learn strategies for ideating and…

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Art Write Light

Stage 5

From November 22 – December 10, 2021.

online

Inspired by the works of acclaimed visual artist Blak Douglas, students will investigate the political in art and consider how artists use their work to question and challenge society. Each student will create their own succinct and powerful ‘statement poem’…

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After-School & Holiday Programs

Our after-school online writing workshops are a free online space where young people can write, create and dream big.

All workshops are facilitated by our Story Factory Storytellers and are designed to support writing, development of ideas, and for young people to access support in creating a piece of writing from both professional writers and your fellow students. Term 4, 2021 Programs – Now All Online We’re running online workshops during term on Monday – Thursday for both primary school and high school students. We also offer holiday workshops options in the September school holidays. Check out the options and apply using the button below.

Year of Poetry and Year of the Novella

High School Students

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. In weekly writing workshops in the course of a year, students commit…

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Just Add Ink

Grades 3-6 (primary school)

Program runs 11 October – 6 December

Mondays, 3:30-5pm

Online

Creative writing workshops for Primary students, Years 3-6. This workshop is for everyone interested in becoming a better writer, telling stories, and sharing them with more people!

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Control Alt. Edit

Grades 7-12 (high school)

Program runs 12 October – 7 December

Tuesdays, 3:30-5pm

Online

Control Alt. Edit is designed to support the development of ideas and writing. Young people will create a piece of writing with encouragement from our Storytellers and fellow students. If you’re feeling stuck with your writing, or you’re…

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Creature Feature

High School

Wednesday 29 September

11:30-1pm

online

Come and develop a short piece of prose poetry in the horror genre that depicts an encounter with an alien invasion!

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ChatBot

Primary School

Thursday 30 September

10-11:30pm

online

We have created a new robot, called ChatBot 3000, so we always have someone to chat with. Unfortunately, Chatty isn’t that great at conversation. So we’ll practice some conversational responses with Chatty and see if we can improve his programming.

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Factory Feedback

Young writers (aged 7-17)

Story Factory is seeking young writers (aged 7-17) who love writing and have something to say to submit their writing for publication for our newest program – Factory Feedback. This program is designed to support, champion and amplify the voices of…

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