In May 2018 we will throw open the doors of a new creative writing centre in Parramatta. We've already raised an amazing 60% of what we need to open the doors and run our first year of programs. Will you help us bring our life-changing creative writing workshops to thousands more marginalised young people in Western Sydney?
You know how sometimes people are so smiley and happy, all of the time, that you wonder if there is a way to bottle up their personality and spread it across the globe to create world peace? That's how we feel about Xixi.
We were very honoured to have been offered a chance to help these fierce (both in intelligence and character) young people explore their world through rap and poetry, and we can't wait to work with them again.
We worked with a talented group of Year 10s from Canterbury Boys to write and capture this touching short film on the theme ‘Being Human’. We were proud as punch to see it screened at the ‘Being Human’ film festival at Canterbury Girls and it was a roaring success!
The Sydney Story Factory and the Museum of Contemporary Art are excited to announce a new collaborative workshop program - Unmapping: Charting New Paths to Creativity. SSF and MCA are seeking to appoint four artists to collaborate on a workshop program whichwill take place throughout 2017-2018.
On Thursday January 26, we were honoured to have been at the 2017 Yabun Festival in Victoria Park. Throughout the day we asked visitors to our stall to contribute a line of poetry to answer the question, What does January 26 mean to you? The results were a long, emotional and inspiring poem created by our community that we live tweeted on our Twitter account.
Give something special this Christmas. Just $30 could change the life of a marginalised child. You can give an at-risk young person the chance to unleash their imagination and find their voice. What an amazing gift that is.
It's not many organisations that can boast confidently that their annual report is definitely NOT boring. But we do. Our Annual Report for 2015-16 provides a great snapshot of a year at the Sydney Story Factory. And what an amazing year it was! Read on...
And with that... the inaugural Pen to Paper Challenge is done. Phew! The collective amount of words set down during September by over 110 participants – and corresponding dollars raised for the Sydney Story Factory – has been simply mind blowing.
Come join us on Saturday 17 September for our Writers' Survival Salon. It's a family-friendly event for those who enjoy the lonely pursuit of writing (or are desperate for a break from it). We'll have activities running all afternoon and promise it'll be loads of fun.
The inaugural Pen to Paper Challenge is off and racing! Dozens of wonderful writers of all ages have committed to writing their hearts out through September to help keep the creativity alive at the Sydney Story Factory. Follow our Writers on Writing Blog to see how everyone's progressing!
James Powditch's wonderful portrait of our co-founder and executive director, Cath Keenan, is currently in the Salon des Refuses at the SH Ervin Gallery. To read Cath's story in Look magazine about sitting for the portrait, and how Sydney Story Factory kids helped to create it, click here.
Have you been working on a story you think is pretty awesome? Perhaps you'd like to submit it and test your chances in the crazy world of writing competitions. Here are a few that have come to our attention of late.