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Looking for creative ways to get your students
writing and sharing stories?

 
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Story Factory staff are all qualified, experienced teachers with a passion for writing, and experts at getting young people excited to write. It doesn’t matter if your students have low literacy levels, or are often disengaged: we have tried and tested strategies you can use to get them writing like never before.

Story Factory has been running fun and engaging creative  writing  workshops for primary and high school students right across the state since 2012. Each school holidays we offer a range of enjoyable, affordable and NESA accredited courses for primary and high school teachers.

Scroll down for a list of available workshops, pricing and to register your interest.

Our workshops are designed and delivered by teachers for teachers.

In our NESA-registered Teacher Professional Learning workshops, we share the proven strategies we’ve developed through our work with young people across Sydney. Our workshops will help you develop engaging units of work and classroom activities for students across the full range of ages and abilities.

 
 
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*Results of an independent evaluation of our Teacher Professional Learning Workshops by Woolcott Research & Engagement.

*Results of an independent evaluation of our Teacher Professional Learning Workshops by Woolcott Research & Engagement.

 

Our Workshops

Since 2012 the Story Factory has run workshops with over 20 000 students across the country. During this time we have developed cohesive plans for the development, management and delivery of exciting and engaging classroom writing and storytelling projects. Our Teacher Professional Learning programs share a variety of writing activities and strategies that have been successful in Story Factory workshops with students across a wide range of abilities.

Writing with the Story Factory: how to improve creative writing in your classroom

Think of this course as ‘Writing 101 with the Story Factory’ - an introduction to our teaching methodology. This will include the Story Factory Theory of Change, and the academic research that supports the development and design of our workshops, activities and engagement strategies. Presenters will model activities and strategies that have been successfully used by the Story Factory to promote creativity and support literacy development in the classroom.

In this workshop participants will receive a collection of modular writing activities that can be adapted and used by teachers in a variety of creative writing contexts.

And, most of all, we’ll share lots of tips that will help you make creative writing exciting for your students!

We’ll explore a range of activities and strategies including:

  • character generation and development activities
  • activities designed to assist with world building in narrative writing
  • using graphic organisers to assist with student understanding of cause and effect in narrative
  • strategies for developing a classroom environment conducive to creativity

This workshop is suitable for teachers of students from stage 3 to stage 5
Duration: Two hours

NESA Outcomes:
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

Creativity in the Classroom

This course dives into the world of creativity in education, with a particular focus on the creative in creative writing. Participants will:

  • be introduced to a range of fun, engaging creativity-based activities
  • examine ways creativity can be used to support literacy growth in classrooms
  • learn how to use innovative observation tools designed to track creativity
  • be provided with suggestions for developing new creative writing activities

During the course we’ll explore various theories of creativity, recent research about the impact of creativity in education, and teaching strategies that encourage creativity in students. Expect to work your way through a series of fun, innovative and practical activities that are easily transferred to the classroom.

This workshop is suitable for teachers of students from stage 3 to stage 5
Duration: Two hours

NESA Outcomes:
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

The Story Factory - Engaging Disengaged Writers

At the Story Factory we spend a great deal of time working with students who are categorised as ‘disengaged.’ In this course we’ll share a wide variety of resources and proven strategies that have been used successfully in our workshops to engage disengaged students. This course will guide you through the Story Factory Theory of Change and show how we use the combination of teaching strategies, creativity and writing-based activities to foster student engagement. Activities will include:

  • Writing and Real Life - enabling students to use aspects of their world to inspire writing
  • Character Generation - using analogy to aid character development and description
  • Using thematic guides to inspire group writing projects - introducing a selection of themed writing projects (suitable for students in stage 3-5)

Participants will examine examples of both content and teaching strategies that are used by the Story Factory to encourage student engagement and critical decisions about the development of writing projects. The teaching materials presented will focus on both the generation of ideas and the provision of thematic guides or structures to effectively scaffold and support student writing in the classroom.

This workshop is suitable for teachers of students from stage 3 to stage 5
Duration: Two hours

NESA Outcomes:
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
2.5.2 Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.


 

Upcoming TPL workshops

Watch this space!



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PRICING

Schools

  • Our group workshops are held in the school holidays at our Redfern or Parramatta centres

  • We can deliver a group workshop of your choice on a school development day, or after hours, onsite at your school

  • Prices start at $1,500 + GST for a group of 20*

Individual Teachers

  • Book into the workshop of your choice quickly and easily

  • Our programs are delivered at Story Factory Redfern during school holidays

  • Prices start at $150 + GST per person for most courses*

*Excluding Now See Hear, which is $200 + GST per person or $2,000 + GST for groups, due to its extended duration

 
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