State of Mind
Throughout 2016 we worked on our first state-wide project, State of Mind, with young people, schools and organisations across NSW to document and share the diversity of teenage experiences.
We ran workshops in inner Sydney, Western Sydney and in regional centres, asking young people to write about a day (or a moment) that matters to them.
In 2017, a selection of the stories will be published in a special anthology to be launched later this year and many more shared as a series of journals on our website.
We worked closely with schools to ensure that the writing workshops met their needs. Unfortunately we're all booked up now for this project, but here's what we offered: State of Mind - offer to schools (PDF). The Project Manager for State of Mind was Sheila Pham.
In 2016 we travelled 3,000 kilometres to run writing workshops with 800+ teenage in 35 schools across New South Wales. And now.. the book! Free teacher resources available for your classroom. Click through for a sample.
These creative writing activities use fragments of writing, photographs and the location of schools involved in the State of Mind project as starting points for your students.
Each school is unique but working at public schools schools with different specialties has provided us with insights into how Sydney Story Factory can complement existing school curricula.
I’m not a morning person. There are very few things that can get me up before dawn, especially if there’s no coffee involved – so the students at Warilla High School ought to feel pretty special.
“The ground that wasn’t occupied with water had almost dried – the mud was firm enough for us to shape, in Wee Waa it doesn’t snow and we had always dreamt of making a snowman. Instead we made a mud girl.”
During Term 1 we worked with more than 100 young people from across New South Wales as part of State of Mind, our biggest project yet.
It's been a privilege to gain a glimpse into the lives of the young people who've put pen to paper. At each workshop we learn something new.
State of Mind is generously supported by Create NSW and St George Foundation.