One-off Excursions

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Looking for a fun, free class excursion?

We offer one-off creative writing and storytelling workshops at The Martian Embassy and Gift Shop - our home base in Redfern - for class groups of up to 20 students.

Our 2-hour creative writing workshops:

  • Help kids overcome barriers to writing, building skills and boosting confidence;
  • Complement curriculum objectives;
  • Led by experienced teachers, experts in creativity and engaging kids with writing;
  • Students supported by trained volunteer writing tutors, providing one-on-one support throughout.

Your choice of workshop options:

1) Bookmaking: Short Stories 
Welcome to our first and most popular workshop! Marcia the Martian Librarian is searching the galaxy for spellbinding tales. In this workshop students will plan a story about a Martian visit to earth. The group works together to create characters and develop a beginning for the story. In the second half of the workshop students are set free to create their own exciting middle and end to the story. All students leave with a bound, illustrated copy of their story. 
Primary: Years 3-5

“My experience at The Sydney Story Factory was that it exceeded any expectations we had. The students were engaged straight away, and also were provided with great scaffolding to ensure they all experienced success. All our students, regardless of their needs, felt supported and had a great time. It was great as a teacher to see my students shine and come out of their shell in a different setting where they felt like they could be anyone.”

“My experience at The Sydney Story Factory was that it exceeded any expectations we had. The students were engaged straight away, and also were provided with great scaffolding to ensure they all experienced success. All our students, regardless of their needs, felt supported and had a great time. It was great as a teacher to see my students shine and come out of their shell in a different setting where they felt like they could be anyone.”

2) Let me tell you something funny: Comedy Script Writing 
During this workshop students will be introduced to the basics of comedy scriptwriting. Students will work together to write a short script, prepare the script for performance, then perform their script in front of the group. Students need to bring a sense of humour, we supply crazy costumes and a few scriptwriting secrets. 
Primary and High School: Years 3-8

3) Robot Birds: Poetry 
In this workshop we delve into the mysterious link between birds (sometimes Robot Birds!) and poetry. Students will create a strange, wonderful Robot Bird that represents some aspect of their personality and write a poem about their first meeting with the imaginary bird. Along the way we’ll discuss all manner of exciting poetic tricks, everything from alliteration to onomatopoeia. All students leave with an anthology of the poems created during the workshop.
Primary and High School: Years 3-8

4) Home - Zine
Let us introduce you to our fantastic book - HOME. HOME is a collection of interviews, essays, stories, anecdotes, poetry, lists, and photographs all about the experience of life in Redfern. During this workshop we’ll explore a few extracts from the book and use them for inspiration as the students create their own mini-magazine about their perceptions of home. The workshop will be a creative combination of collage and writing. All students leave with their own Home Zine. 
Primary and High School: Years 4-10

5) My Life on Film
Ever imagine what the film of your life would look like? This is your chance to make all the big decisions! Who are the stars? Who directs? What does the film look like? Who features on the soundtrack? What are the best lines? In this workshop, students will write a review of the film of their life. They'll reveal the plot, discuss the casting and analyse the look of the film. If there's time, we'll also try to sneak in a little script writing and ask the students to create a rough draft of the most important scene in their film of their life.
Primary and High School: Years 5-10

More workshop options are available and/or we can tailor workshops to suit. Just ask!

Where?

The Martian Embassy and Gift Shop,
176 Redfern St, Redfern
(Home of Sydney Story Factory)
We’re an easy 5-minute walk from Redfern train station. And we have a bus zone out-front.

When?

Monday, Tuesday or Friday
10am – 12 noon or 1pm – 3pm
We’ll work with you to time workshops to suit.

Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit funded by corporate and philanthropic grants and donations. All our workshops are free. To make sure we’re reaching the young people who will most benefit from our programs we deliver workshops with schools that have a rating of above 100 on the Family Occupation and Education Index (FOEI) and/or below 1,000 on the Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage (ICSEA).

What are you waiting for?

Call now, or email Craig: craig@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

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