In 2017 we continued our successful program of workshops for children with learning and support needs, and expanding this to also reach children with chronic illness.
In 2016 we trialed a progressive model where students had one term of one-on-one private tutoring then, having become confident with the Sydney Story Factory environment, processes and people, were invited to join a larger group workshop.
This very successful model allows young people with support needs to move at their own pace, feeling comfortable that the personalised support they need will be in place for them throughout. It also creates a very inclusive model where young people with support needs are encouraged in their writing alongside other young people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
Last year saw a continuation of the private one-on-one sessions for those students who feel most comfortable in that setting, and a continuation of a smaller Sunday group to encourage our community of young writers to share and collaborate on their projects.
This program is generously supported by the Raymond E. Purves Foundation.