After two incredibly successful years, which produced some awesomely inspiring writing, we're once again working with a small and dedicated group of young writers to write, edit and publish a 20-30,000 word novella in just 12 short months.
Our very first Year of Poetry program will run in parallel with the ultra-successful Year of the Novella in 2018, kicking off with the opening of Sydney Story Factory Parramatta in May.
Over 2017 and 2018, we're working with students from 2 primary schools and 2 high schools to produce futuristic fiction of the multimedia and multi-dimensional variety.
We're bringing together 80 students, from six high schools, a professional playwright, an expert storyteller, and acres of inspiration to create a one-of-a-kind play that comes straight out of Western Sydney.
Sydney Story Factory will get to collaborate with fellow not for profit Muralisto and students across two schools to generate ideas for a series of exciting new community murals.
Rivendell School provides a supportive educational environment for students experiencing a psychotic illness and/or Autism Spectrum Disorder, emotional disturbance, severe depressive and anxiety disorders, and poor self-esteem.
In an exciting new partnership we will be running term-length workshops in collaboration with the Greater Western Sydney Giants.
We'll be partnering up once again with the wonderful Australian Centre for Photography, to play around with written and visual storytelling.
Over 2017 and 2018 we're working with the MCA, high school students, primary school students, and some incredible professional artists, to unpack and explore the creative process in wild and colourful ways.
Over three years we're setting up residence within two Western Sydney primary schools each term to allow us to work closely for an extended period of time with the students. This program is being independently evaluated to assess impacts - and the early results are very positive!
Now See Hear guides young people to create their own digital stories: illustrations, voice over, sound effects and all.
After running our totally awesome 'I Spy With My Ears' program with Royal Far West in 2017, we have been invited to deliver an expanded program with these amazing young people in 2018!
We're running term-long creative writing workshops for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, throughout 2018.
We are so excited to be working with young people from Plunkett Street Public School again as they transition from primary to high school. This special creative writing program will be held on Saturdays at the Weave Woolloomooloo Community Hub.
In Term 4 of 2017 we collaborated with the Muslim Women Association to run ‘Nurture your Nature’, a series of workshops about self-discovery, beliefs and aspirations.
In August 2017, for the first time ever, Sydney Story Factory took part in the Youth Forum at the legendary Garma Festival in north-east Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.
In 2017 we will be continuing our successful program of workshops for children with learning and support needs, and expanding this to also reach children with chronic illness.
Throughout 2017and 2018, we're moving into a dedicated classroom space inside Canterbury Boys High School to spend some quality time with the students in all manner of creative writing endeavours. The first year of this programs was independently evaluated - and the results are great!
In Term 2 of 2017 Sydney Story Factory partnered with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) for a writing project that saw young people from Redfern/Waterloo engage with nutrition and food preparation while creating imaginative, delicious (and sometimes really gross) stories.
A partnership between Sydney Story Factory and Poetry Sydney.
We partnered with five local community organisations to make sure that in 2016 the young people of Redfern got to unleash their creativity and let their imaginations soar.
In 2016 we spent a whole year with the students of Matraville Sports High School. As part of the Matraville Sports High School Creative Writing Challenge we helped and inspired two classes of students each term to finish a piece of creative writing more fully realised than anything they had written before.
Over the course of 2016, a select group of young writers was invited to take part in an inaugural year-long writing program at the Sydney Story Factory. Their goal was to produce not just a fistful of poems, or a story, or a script, but a fully realised novella.
photo credit: Steven Siewart
In 2016, inspired by all that an amazing young writer called Bella has taught us, we ran a program that deepened and expanded our capacity to run workshops for children with autism, so that we could light the spark of creativity for many, many other children just like her.
Me, You and Woolloomooloo is an inspiring collection of stories about residents of Woolloomooloo written by some of its youngest members: the students in years 4,5 and 6 at Plunkett Street Public School.
2015 was our year of radio! Young people created everything from interviews to talk back, songs, and a special segment called I Spy with My Little Ears.
For one a day a week we took over a classroom at Briar Road Public.
A collaborative project with the Australian Centre for Photography and Flashpoint Labs, run at Alexandria Park Community School.
An innovative program helping young people write about issues close to their heart using the techniques of fiction.
The Home Project was a year-long community writing project about Redfern/Waterloo, run by the Sydney Story Factory.