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.
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're really excited to be working with one of our longest running collaborators the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) again in terms 2 and 3, 2017.
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.
After an incredibly successful pilot program last year, 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.
Throughout 2017, 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.
Starting in Term 2 of 2017, this is a huge two year project in conjunction with the MCA and some incredible professional artists.
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.
We'll be partnering up once again with the wonderful Australian Centre for Photography, to play around with written and visual storytelling.
Throughout 2017 and 2018, we'll be setting up residence within two primary schools each term, for the full term, to allow us to work closely for an extended period of time with the students.
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.