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Script Writing and Animation Course

Write your own script and turn it into an animated film at the new National Centre for Creative Learning at the Museum of Contemporary Art, in the Rocks. Today is the first day of this term-long collaboration between the Sydney Story Factory and the MCA, with finished films screened in Literacy Week at the MCA. Years 4-6. Free.

Meet at the Sydney Story Factory at 3.30pm. Tutors will escort students to the MCA on the train, and will return students to the Sydney Story Factory by 6pm. Snacks provided.

Classes run every Wednesday from July 18 till August 29 but times vary slightly – check the calendar each week. Students must enroll for the whole program by contacting workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Become a Published Author!

Write your own book, with an illustrated cover and your author photo and blurb on the back. The best stories will be sold in our Martian Embassy and Gift Shop, and may even make it into the Library of Mars. Years 3-6. Free.

This is the first class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Monday from July 23 till September 10, with snacks provided. Students must enroll for the whole program by contacting workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

Read all about it – our newspaper making course starts today! A term-long after school program where students write and design their own newspaper, which we publish and sell in our Martian Embassy and Gift Shop. Years 3-6. Free.

This is the first class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday from July 24 till September 11, with snacks provided. Students must enroll for the whole program by contacting workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Script Writing and Animation Course!

This is the fourth class in this joint program with the MCA. Students meet at the Sydney Story Factory at 3.30pm and are escorted on the train to the MCA, in the Rocks. Students are escorted back to the Sydney Story Factory for 6pm. Snacks provided. Only open to students in years 4 to 6, who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in Spaaaaace!

Write your way around the universe with this series of story-writing classes that take you across the galaxy and back home again. Fantastic fun for young Austra-aliens, years 3-6. Free.

This is the first class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Thursday from July 26 till September 13, with snacks provided. Students must enroll for the whole program by contacting workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Volunteer Screening and Training

Want to become a volunteer tutor with the Sydney Story Factory? First you’ll need to be screened and trained. Screening involves a 15-minute interview which can be booked in from 10am-noon. Training is in one session from 12.30-2pm. Bookings essential – email info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au, after you’ve filled out our volunteer sign up sheet. Welcome to our volunteering team!

Become a Published Author!

This is the second class in our excellent book-writing program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Monday from July 23 till September 10, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

This is the second class in our newspaper-making program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday from July 23 till September 10, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Script Writing and Animation Course

This is the third class in this joint program with the MCA. Students meet at the Sydney Story Factory at 3.30pm and are escorted on the train to the MCA, in the Rocks. Students are escorted back to the Sydney Story Factory for 6pm. Snacks provided. Only open to students in years 4 to 6, who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Teacher’s Afternoon Tea

Are you a primary or high school teacher? Interested in finding out more about the Sydney Story Factory? Come along to our informal afternoon tea, to meet our staff and find out more about what we do. We’re here to help

4-5pm, at the Sydney Story Factory (behind the Martian Embassy and Gift Shop). Bookings essential to Helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in Spaaaaaace!

This is the second class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Thursday from July 26 till September 13, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3-6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Martian Embassy and Gift Shop – Staff Training Session

 

Who wouldn’t want to work as a volunteer staff member at the Earth’s first Martian Embassy? Before you can start you’ll need to attend a one-hour training session (10-11am) in the ways of Martians and MYOB. Bookings essential on info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Open Sunday

Welcome everyone! This morning we throw open our doors and invite young people and their families from Redfern and beyond to come and say hi. Find out a bit more about the Sydney Story Factory, and participate in some fun writing games. There’s morning tea too! Open to all young people from year 2 to 12, and their families. Free.

10am-1pm at our new writing centre, 176 Redfern Street, Redfern (behind the Martian Embassy).

Become a Published Author!

This is the third class in our excellent book-writing program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Monday from July 23 till September 10, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

This is the third class in our newspaper-making program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday from July 24 till September 11, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years  3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Script Writing and Animation Course!

This is the fourth class in this joint program with the MCA. Students meet at the Sydney Story Factory at 3.30pm and are escorted on the train to the MCA, in the Rocks. Students are escorted back to the Sydney Story Factory for 6pm. Snacks provided. Only open to students in years 4 to 6, who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in Spaaaaaace!

This is the third class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Thursday from July 26 till September 13, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3-6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Open Sunday

Welcome everyone! This morning we throw open our doors and invite young people and their families from Redfern and beyond to come and say hi. Find out a bit more about the Sydney Story Factory, and participate in some fun writing games. There’s morning tea too! Open to all young people from year 2 to 12, and their families. Free.

10am-2pm at our new writing centre, 176 Redfern Street, Redfern (behind the Martian Embassy).

Become a Published Author!

This is the fourth class in our excellent book-writing program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Monday from July 23 till September 10, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

This is the fourth class in our newspaper-making program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday from July 24 till September 11, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years  3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Script Writing and Animation Course!

This is the fifth class in this joint program with the MCA. Students meet at the Sydney Story Factory at 3.30pm and are escorted on the train to the MCA, in the Rocks. Students are escorted back to the Sydney Story Factory for 6pm. Snacks provided. Only open to students in years 4 to 6, who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in Spaaaaaace!

This is the fourth class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Thursday from July 26 till September 13, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3-6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Writing Workshop with Markus Zusak

100 ‘What Ifs’ with Markus Zusak

Start writing about your own life, then shift it sideways to create someone else. Who will that be? Award-winning writer Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, is your guide as you create a new character.

Open to all high school students. FREE

10-11.30am, Sunday August 19 at the Sydney Story Factory, 176 Redfern Street, Redfern (look for The Martian Embassy).

Bookings essential on 9699 6970 or email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Don’t know Markus? Here’s some more info. He’s great!

Become a Published Author!

This is the fifth class in our excellent book-writing program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Monday from July 23 till September 10, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

This is the fifth class in our newspaper-making program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday from July 24 till September 11, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years  3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Script Writing and Animation Course!

This is the sixth class in this joint program with the MCA. Students meet at the Sydney Story Factory at 3.30pm and are escorted on the train to the MCA, in the Rocks. Students are escorted back to the Sydney Story Factory for 6pm. Snacks provided. Only open to students in years 4 to 6, who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in Spaaaaaace!

This is the fifth class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Thursday from July 26 till September 13, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3-6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Adventure, Romance, Action… Sound Like Your Life?

Did you come along to our ’100 What-ifs’ workshop with Markus Zusak last week? Did you miss out? We’ll be carrying on with his hints and tips for turning your life into an exciting story – and you might find out it already is! Open to those who attended the first workshop and new comers.

Become a Published Author!

This is the sixth class in our excellent book-writing program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Monday from July 23 till September 10, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

This is the sixth class in our newspaper-making program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday from July 24 till September 11, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years  3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Script Writing and Animation Course!

This is the final class in this joint program with the MCA that has been running since July 18. Today, at the MCA, we screen the films the students have scripted and created, while family and friends marvel at the results. Students meet at the Sydney Story Factory at 3.30pm and are escorted on the train to the MCA, in the Rocks. Students are escorted back to the Sydney Story Factory for 6pm. Snacks provided. Only open to students in years 4 to 6, who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to

Writing in Spaaaaaace!

This is the sixth class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Thursday from July 26 till September 13, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3-6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Become a Published Author!

This is the seventh class in our excellent book-writing program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Monday from July 23 till September 10, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!

This is the seventh class in our newspaper-making program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday from July 24 till September 11, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years  3 to 6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Storytelling Workshop for Volunteers

A special treat. Victoria Campbell is a brilliant storyteller, and she’s offering our volunteers a free workshop. She will explore how characters are brought to life and what shifts in narrative point of view can achieve. Victoria ran a workshop for us last year and those of us who were there still remember her hynotic powers. 7-8pm on Tuesday, September 4, at the SSF. Free, all SSF volunteers welcome. RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Writing in Spaaaaaace!

This is the seventh class in a program that runs 3.30-4.30pm every Thursday from July 26 till September 13, with snacks provided. Only open to students in years 3-6 who are enrolled for the whole program. Free. Inquiries to workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Whoa, Where Did You Come From?!!

Delve deep into your character’s memory box! Choose an oddity and weave it into an adventure! Take an ending and write towards it! PUT YOUR CHARACTER TO WORK! Open to students in High School

Become a Published Author – Book Launch!

This is the final class in our excellent book-writing program that has been running 3.30-4.30pm every Monday since July 23. Today, we launch the books the students have written with a launch party. Congratulations to our latest crop of authors.

Extra! Extra! Newspaper Launch!

This is the final class in our newspaper-making program that has been running 3.30-4.30pm every Tuesday since July 24. Today we launch the newspaper our students have written and designed. Read all about it!


Writing in Spaaaaaace!

This is the final class in a program that has been running 3.30-4.30pm every Thursday from July 26. Today, we reveal the extraordinary stories from around the galaxy that our students have written. Congratulations to our new authors.

Calling Dr Hollywood!

Are your ideas too big for your stomach? Do your characters run away from you? Using the famed techniques of Hollywood fat cats, we’ll create story pitches and book outlines that will help keep your tales on track and your audience hooked. You can flesh out stories, or just send them straight to Movie Land! Open to students in High School.

Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

Poetry in Motion

From advertising jingles to rap lyrics, poetry is everywhere. The best writing is praised for its mellifluous qualities. So is the word ‘mellifluous’, or it should be! Feel the value of words and work with a variety of forms! From limericks to haikus, from urban rhymes to sweet sonnets – let’s get poetic! Open to students in High School.

Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

CITY OF STORIES

Do you see the world a little clearer than most? Notice things other people pass by without a word? Tell us about those riveting moments. They might be funny, bewildering, even fantastical. In City of Stories we want them all. Drop in and help us capture the kaleidoscopic story of city life.
Students: High School Years 7-11
Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING FUNNY…

Work with Nathan Luff, author of Chicken Stu, to create a weirdly wonderful script. Do you remember the last time you laughed really hard??? In this workshop we take you back. You’ll exaggerate, cluelessly babble, misunderstand each other and generally seek out hilarious confusion. Be prepared to write and perform a one act comedy script.
Students: Primary Years 2-6
Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

SSF Volunteer Book Club

Yes, it’s on! All volunteers are invited to the inaugural meeting of the Sydney Story Factory Book Club, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 25, at the SSF. Our first book will be Dave Eggers’ A Hologram for the King. We’ll send official invitations soon, but reserve the date and grab your copy of the book now. Further meetings will be on the last Tuesday of the month.

GRAPHIC NOVELTIES: Creating Comics!

Checked out an action movie lately, or watched a weird TV show? Chances are it was based on a comic or graphic novel. Everyone’s being inspired by this amazing story-telling medium, and we’re running a workshop to help you create your own.
It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories.
Students: High School Years 7- 9
Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

GRAPHIC NOVELTIES: Creating Comics!

Checked out an action movie lately, or watched a weird TV show? Chances are it was based on a comic or graphic novel. Everyone’s being inspired by this amazing story-telling medium, and we’re running a workshop to help you create your own.
It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories.
Students: High School Years 7- 9
Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

Let me tell you Something Funny…

Work with Nathan Luff, author of Chicken Stu, to create a weirdly wonderful script. Do you remember the last time you laughed really hard??? In this workshop we take you back. You’ll exaggerate, cluelessly babble, misunderstand each other and generally seek out hilarious confusion. Be prepared to write and perform a one act comedy script.

FREE!

Students: Primary Years 2-6
Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

 

Exploring The Galaxy

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School in conjunction with Story Factory
will run a two day science fiction scriptwriting workshop. Come to the Martian Embassy and expand your mind as you learn to create other worlds, interdimensional characters and great scripts. All students who complete the course will receive a certificate from AFTRS.
Students: Primary Years 2-6 Dates:  2nd + 3rd Oct (students need to attend both sessions) 1 – 3pm
Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

Workshop full.

Am I talking to me?

The second last class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Lost and Found: Poetry Workshop

Join local artist Lisa Holzl for a fast and fun art workshop to celebrate the release of her new book, FOUND: The Art of Recycling! Lisa will take you on an arty adventure to discover what it means to create art from ‘found’ items.  Bottle tops, feathers, cardboard boxes and more will be waiting to be turned into your very own masterpiece!
Students: Primary Years 2-6
Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

Exploring The Galaxy

The Australian Film, Television and Radio School in conjunction with Story Factory
will run a two day science fiction scriptwriting workshop. Come to the Martian Embassy and expand your mind as you learn to create other worlds, interdimensional characters and great scripts. All students who complete the course will receive a certificate from AFTRS.
Students: Primary Years 2-6 Dates:  2nd + 3rd Oct (students need to attend both sessions) 1 – 3pm
Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

Workshop full.

Screening and Training Sessions

The next screening and training session for volunteers is on Saturday, October 6. Interviews from 10am-noon; training from 12.30-2pm. Next shop staff training is the same day, from 2.30-3.30pm. Email info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Write Around the World!

You’ve seen the Devil Wears Prada, but what really goes on behind the scenes in the world of magazines? Find out as ACP Magazines journalist Helen Barry shares the inside scoop on globe trotting for glossy publications and helps you unleash your inner travel magazine writer. Open to students in High School.

Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

One Perfect Day…..

One Perfect Day…..stories from our favourite cities round the world and out of it!

 

 

Write Around the World!

You’ve seen the Devil Wears Prada, but what really goes on behind the scenes in the world of magazines? Find out as ACP Magazines journalist Helen Barry shares the inside scoop on globe trotting for glossy publications and helps you unleash your inner travel magazine writer. Open to students in High School.

Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

Writing in Spaaaaace

The first lesson in our term-long class. This is your chance to write a traveller’s guide to one of the planets in our solar system. You choose the planet. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The first class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The first class in our term-long program where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author!

The first class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Will it be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

First Expressions Count

“Many years later as he faced the firing squad, Col Aureliano Buendia was to remember the distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez, A Hundred Years of Solitude. First lines open a door on a new world where the reader is invited to participate. Explore this invitation as a reader and a writer! Open to students in High School.

Contact: workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or (02) 9699 6970 to book.

Writing in spaaaace

The second lesson in our term-long class. This is your chance to write a traveller’s guide to one of the planets in our solar system. You choose the planet. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The second class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The second class in our term-long course where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author!

The second class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Will it be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Writing in spaaaace

The third lesson in our term-long class. This is your chance to write a traveller’s guide to one of the planets in our solar system. You choose the planet. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The third class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

SSF Volunteer Book Club

Yes, it’s on! All volunteers are invited to the inaugural meeting of the Sydney Story Factory Book Club, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, October 30th, at the SSF.

Our guest speaker is Markus Zusak, who will discuss his internationally acclaimed novel, The Book Thief!

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The third class in our term-long course where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author!

The third class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Will it be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Find Your Spirit Animal!

Come along to our craft and creative writing workshop and create a spirit animal, a mask, and a myth!

For ages 7-12, this workshop will lead kids through how to create a character, the dynamics of mythology, and help them bring their creature to life.

With notable craftketeer Kitiya Palaskas leading the mask making table!

FREE

Booking essential – workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Writing in spaaaace

The fourth lesson in our term-long class. This is your chance to write a traveller’s guide to one of the planets in our solar system. You choose the planet. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The fourth class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The fourth class in our term-long course where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author!

The fourth class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Will it be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

A Poem Like This

Libby Hathorn has been an Ambassador for Reading and has travelled around NSW talking to students. Libby will talk about her writing life and her recent book A Boy Like Me, and workshop ideas and techniques for writing poetry.

 

Open to all high school students in years 5 – 11. FREE
Sunday 11th November
All Sunday Workshops run 10am-12pm.
Free writing drop in with tutors 1pm-3pm
Booking essential – workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in spaaaace

The fifth lesson in our term-long class. This is your chance to write a traveller’s guide to one of the planets in our solar system. You choose the planet. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The fifth class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The fifth class in our term-long course where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author

The fifth class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Will it be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Uh… and then what?

Alright, we’ll call you Ishmael. Anything else? Sometimes the follow through is the hardest part. This workshop will tackle the task of writing a brillinat second sentance. (Especially good practice for that type of exam where they give you the first sentence.) And also… what comes after?

 

Open to all  high school students in years 5 – 11.
FREE
Sunday 11th November
All Sunday Workshops run 10am-12pm.
Free writing drop in with tutors 1pm-3pm
Booking essential – workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in spaaace

The sixth lesson in our term-long class. This is your chance to write a traveller’s guide to one of the planets in our solar system. You choose the planet. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The sixth class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The sixth class in our term-long course where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author

The sixth class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Will it be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Modern Myths: Hercules 2.0

Take a classic story and put it in a modern context. What is Dorothy went to the Oz of the future? What if the Artful Dodger was picking pockets in Tokyo? What if Macbeth and his lady were trying to take over the lead singer roles in their synth-punk band?

 

Open to all high school students in years 5 – 11.
FREE Sunday 11th November
All Sunday Workshops run 10am-12pm.
Free writing drop in with tutors 1pm-3pm
Booking essential – workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in spaaaace

The seventh lesson in our term-long class. This is your chance to write a traveller’s guide to one of the planets in our solar system. You choose the planet. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The seventh class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The seventh class in our term-long course where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author!

The seventh class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Will it be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Sherlock and The Case of Finding Nemo…

Do you love Harry Potter but wish his adventures never ended? Always wanted to know what happens to Max after he leaves the Wild Things? What about Holden Caufield: The College Years? This week we look at writing new stories for your favourite characters.

 

Open to all high school students in years 5 – 11.
FREE
Sunday 11th November
All Sunday Workshops run 10am-12pm.
Free writing drop in with tutors 1pm-3pm
Booking essential – workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in spaaace

The second last lesson in our term-long class. This is your chance to write a traveller’s guide to one of the planets in our solar system. You choose the planet. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The second-last class in our term-long writing for drama program. Work with writers from the Fresh ink program to produce a unique monologue. A great start for students studying – or intending to study – drama for the HSC. And a whole heap of fun. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The second-last class in our term-long course where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author!

The second-last class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Will it be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Hey, Mind Your Own Business

Dickens did it. So did Salinger. So did Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, Salaman Rushdie, Saul Bellow, Johnathon Franzen, Laurie Moore, Philip Roth and Joseph Heller. Take idea from your life and the world around you to create a new story.

 

Open to all high school students in years 5 – 11.
FREE
Sunday 11th November
All Sunday Workshops run 10am-12pm.
Free writing drop in with tutors 1pm-3pm
Booking essential – workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Writing in spaaaace

The final lesson in our term-long class. Students are presented with the travel guide to a planet that they have written themselves. Primary students years 3-6. Free.

Am I talking to me?

The final class in our term-long writing for drama program. Students perform the unique monologues they’ve written with writers from the Fresh ink program. High school students years 10-12. Free.

Graphic Novelties: Creating Comics

The final class in our term-long course where students make their own comics. No drawing skills required. Just imagination. It’s not all about flying guys and girls in capes, but we’ll be creating some super stories. Today, the students receive the published comics they’ve made. Free. Primary students years 3-6.

Be a published author!

The final class in our term-long program where students write – and we publish – a short story. Today they receive their books! Will they be good enough to be included in the Library of Mars? Free. Primary students years 3-6.

End of Year Bonanza!

Volunteers! Please come along to celebrate 6 months of the Sydney Story Factory. We couldn’t have done it without you! Also, bring along a favourite book, for the great annual volunteer secret book swap. You will leave with a different book!

Post In Space

To celebrate Earthling Increased Purchasing Period, we’re holding an exhibition at the Martian Embassy. We’ve commissioned some of our favourite illustrators and designers, including James Gulliver HancockAndrea SmithEirian ChapmanDaniel Dittmar and Kitiya Palaskas, to design the Martian postcards that our Earth bound pen-pals and Story Factory students will receive next year. The output was so brilliant that we’ll be showing them off, large form, in an exhibition over two weeks. Drop into the Martian Embassy, 176 Redfern St, Saturday the 15th and Saturday the 22nd between 10am and 5pm to see the show, and pick up some Martian goods for Christmas.

Hey, Mind Your Own Business!

Dickens did it. So did Salinger. So did Dave Eggers, Zadie Smith, Salaman Rushdie, Saul Bellow, Johnathon Franzen, Laurie Moore, Philip Roth and Joseph Heller. Take idea from your life and the world around you to create a new story.

 

Open to all high school students in years 5 – 11.
FREE
Sunday 11th November
All Sunday Workshops run 10am-12pm.
Free writing drop in with tutors 1pm-3pm
Booking essential – workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

Post In Space

To celebrate Earthling Increased Purchasing Period, we’re holding an exhibition at the Martian Embassy. We’ve commissioned some of our favourite illustrators and designers, including James Gulliver HancockAndrea SmithEirian ChapmanDaniel Dittmar and Kitiya Palaskas, to design the Martian postcards that our Earth bound pen-pals and Story Factory students will receive next year. The output was so brilliant that we’ll be showing them off, large form, in an exhibition over two weeks. Drop into the Martian Embassy, 176 Redfern St, Saturday the 15th and Saturday the 22nd between 10am and 5pm to see the show, and pick up some Martian goods for Christmas.

Volunteer screening and training

All volunteers must be screened and trained before they can tutor students. Book in for your 15-minute screening interview between 10am and noon, then come to training from 12.30-2pm. Bookings essential. Email info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Find your…Spirit Animal

A craft and creative writing workshop. Find out what secret spirit animal lives inside you, then write a fable about your new friend, and make a mask of your creation!

Students: Primary, grades 3-6

Let’s get SHUTTERBUGGING!

Do you see the world from a unique point of view? We’re looking to capture our neighbourhood through images and words for an exciting new project. Try a range of photography techniques, and use your images to inspire your writing. Look through a lens and see what’s around you from a whole new angle!

Students: High School, grades 7-12

Let Me Tell You Something Funny

This workshop was so much fun we’ve decided to run it again. Do you remember the last time you laughed really hard??? In this workshop you’ll exaggerate, cluelessly babble, misunderstand each other and generally seek out hilarious confusion. Be prepared to write and perform a one act comedy script.

Students: Primary, grades 3-6

Find your…Spirit Animal

A craft and creative writing workshop. Find out what secret spirit animal lives inside you, then write a fable about your new friend, and make a mask of your creation!

Students: Primary, grades 3-6

Markus Zusak – Summer Tales

Summer is so full of stories; take a break from the beach and tell us a few. The wonderful Markus Zusak is dropping by to help us polish a few wild and sun-dappled tales. A great chance to work with a talented and bestselling storyteller.

Students: High School, grades 7-11

Let Me Tell You Something Funny

This workshop was so much fun we’ve decided to run it again. Do you remember the last time you laughed really hard??? In this workshop you’ll exaggerate, cluelessly babble, misunderstand each other and generally seek out hilarious confusion. Be prepared to write and perform a one act comedy script.

Students: Primary, grades 3-6

Bookclub meeting

All our volunteers love reading – and talking about their reading. All volunteers are invited to our bookclub on the last Tuesday of every month, for robust discussion, and wine and cheese for a gold coin donation. This month: David Sedaris’s When you are Engulfed in Flames. See you there!

START THE PRESS – Newspapers are back

Got a hot scoop to make the front page? Got a scandal to expose? Write about breaking news in the local community or your school, review a fantastic film or trumpet the latest sporting triumph. If you’d like to keep the public informed then join us on Monday afternoons. Primary students, grades 3-6.

READERS BEWARE – Your fate is in your hands…

You walk into a room. There is a pencil. Do you pick up the pencil? If you do, go to page 52. If your hands have been replaced with suction caps, go to page 12. Help us write the best choose-your-own-adventure story ever. What’s going to happen?Who know! Join us and decide…if you dare. Primary students, grades 3-6.

People of Earth – turn on your RADIOS!

Did you hear the news? There’s a Martian invasion heading to earth! Luckily you’ll be on the ground. Prepare your sound effects, prime ministerial speeches and police warnings. We’re going to write and record a radio play about the (maybe?) end of the world! Primary students, grades 3-6.

Volunteer screening and training

All volunteers must be screened and trained before they can tutor students. Book in for your 15-minute screening interview between 10am and noon, then come to training from 12.30-2pm. Bookings essential. Email info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Community Day

We love stories, and today we’re asking you to come in and tell us one. We’re kicking off a project about our local area, and would love to hear your memories and tall tales about this special place. Come in for writing activities, games, and a chat. Grown ups and kids of all ages welcome. Free.

START THE PRESS – Newspapers are back?

Got a hot scoop to make the front page? Got a scandal to expose? Write about breaking news in the local community or your school, review a fantastic film or trumpet the latest sporting triumph. If you’d like to keep the public informed then join us on Monday afternoons. Primary students, grades 3-6.

The correct and accurate portrayal of teenagers today: a magazine

Fancy being judge, jury and editor? Well, we want to start a magazine and we’d love to have a group of hard-nosed teenagers on the inaugural editorial board. Work with experience editors and writers to craft your own piece of writing and stamp out first ‘zine with a true teen voice. High school students, grades 7-11.

READERS BEWARE – Your fate is in your hands…

You walk into a room. There is a pencil. Do you pick up the pencil? If you do, go to page 52. If your hands have been replaced with suction caps, go to page 12. Help us write the best choose-your-own-adventure story ever. What’s going to happen?Who know! Join us and decide…if you dare. Primary students, grades 3-6.

People of Earth – turn on your RADIOS!

Did you hear the news? There’s a Martian invasion heading to earth! Luckily you’ll be on the ground. Prepare your sound effects, prime ministerial speeches and police warnings. We’re going to write and record a radio play about the (maybe?) end of the world! Primary students, grades 3-6.

Community Day

We love stories, and today we’re asking you to come in and tell us one. We’re kicking off a project about our local area, and would love to hear your memories and tall tales about this special place. Come in for writing activities, games, and a chat. Grown ups and kids of all ages welcome. Free.

START THE PRESS – Newspapers are back?

Got a hot scoop to make the front page? Got a scandal to expose? Write about breaking news in the local community or your school, review a fantastic film or trumpet the latest sporting triumph. If you’d like to keep the public informed then join us on Monday afternoons. Primary students, grades 3-6.

The correct and accurate portrayal of teenagers today: a magazine

Fancy being judge, jury and editor? Well, we want to start a magazine and we’d love to have a group of hard-nosed teenagers on the inaugural editorial board. Work with experience editors and writers to craft your own piece of writing and stamp out first ‘zine with a true teen voice. High school students, grades 7-11.

READERS BEWARE – Your fate is in your hands…

You walk into a room. There is a pencil. Do you pick up the pencil? If you do, go to page 52. If your hands have been replaced with suction caps, go to page 12. Help us write the best choose-your-own-adventure story ever. What’s going to happen?Who know! Join us and decide…if you dare. Primary students, grades 3-6.

People of Earth – turn on your RADIOS!

Did you hear the news? There’s a Martian invasion heading to earth! Luckily you’ll be on the ground. Prepare your sound effects, prime ministerial speeches and police warnings. We’re going to write and record a radio play about the (maybe?) end of the world! Primary students, grades 3-6.

 

BELONGING – TOOLKIT

BELONGING Weeks 1 + 2
TOOLKIT – PERSPECTIVE, SPANNERS & OTHER ESSENTIALS
Engage your inner narrator and experiment with point of view, perspective, distance, tense, person, voice and form.

Highschool Students

10am – 12pm

FREE

Interviewing with Cath Keenan

Unfortunately, Nancia Guivarra can’t make this workshop so Sydney Story Factory executive director and former Sydney Morning Herald journalist Cath Keenan will be running this workshop on interviewing. Ever wondered how to ask the tough questions? Cath will show you how to ask the questions that bring a story to life. If you’ve ever wondered how you get someone to tell you their life story, this is the class for you.

START THE PRESS – Newspapers are back?

Got a hot scoop to make the front page? Got a scandal to expose? Write about breaking news in the local community or your school, review a fantastic film or trumpet the latest sporting triumph. If you’d like to keep the public informed then join us on Monday afternoons. Primary students, grades 3-6.

Bookclub meeting

All our volunteers love reading – and talking about their reading. All volunteers are invited to our bookclub on the last Tuesday of every month, for robust discussion, and wine and cheese for a gold coin donation. This month: Anna Funder’s All that I am. See you there!

The correct and accurate portrayal of teenagers today: a magazine

Fancy being judge, jury and editor? Well, we want to start a magazine and we’d love to have a group of hard-nosed teenagers on the inaugural editorial board. Work with experience editors and writers to craft your own piece of writing and stamp out first ‘zine with a true teen voice. High school students, grades 7-11.

READERS BEWARE – Your fate is in your hands…

You walk into a room. There is a pencil. Do you pick up the pencil? If you do, go to page 52. If your hands have been replaced with suction caps, go to page 12. Help us write the best choose-your-own-adventure story ever. What’s going to happen?Who know! Join us and decide…if you dare. Primary students, grades 3-6.

Professional learning workshop with Liz Jackson

A report on the Redfern riots in 2004 is just one of many memorable stories filed by Liz Jackson for the ABC’s seminal news program, Four Corners. A former Media Watch host and a multi-award winning journalist, Liz is an expert on the subtle art of interviewing. She will share with us some of her trickier moments as an interviewer, and the insights she’s gleaned from a life asking questions, in the first of our volunteer professional learning workshops. Free. Places are limited so RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

People of Earth – turn on your RADIOS!

Did you hear the news? There’s a Martian invasion heading to earth! Luckily you’ll be on the ground. Prepare your sound effects, prime ministerial speeches and police warnings. We’re going to write and record a radio play about the (maybe?) end of the world! Primary students, grades 3-6.

 

BELONGING – TOOLKIT

BELONGING Weeks 1 + 2
TOOLKIT – PERSPECTIVE, SPANNERS & OTHER ESSENTIALS
Engage your inner narrator and experiment with point of view, perspective, distance, tense, person, voice and form.

Highschool Students

10am – 12pm

FREE

Real Life Interviewing Part 1

Want to find out about the time elephants walked through Redfern? Having earned your stripes as a reporter last week, this week you can put your skills to the test by interviewing locals from Redfern and Waterloo about their amazing experiences in this area. You’ll be surprised at what you find out.

START THE PRESS – Newspapers are back?

Got a hot scoop to make the front page? Got a scandal to expose? Write about breaking news in the local community or your school, review a fantastic film or trumpet the latest sporting triumph. If you’d like to keep the public informed then join us on Monday afternoons. Primary students, grades 3-6.

READERS BEWARE – Your fate is in your hands…

You walk into a room. There is a pencil. Do you pick up the pencil? If you do, go to page 52. If your hands have been replaced with suction caps, go to page 12. Help us write the best choose-your-own-adventure story ever. What’s going to happen?Who know! Join us and decide…if you dare. Primary students, grades 3-6.

People of Earth – turn on your RADIOS!

Did you hear the news? There’s a Martian invasion heading to earth! Luckily you’ll be on the ground. Prepare your sound effects, prime ministerial speeches and police warnings. We’re going to write and record a radio play about the (maybe?) end of the world! Primary students, grades 3-6.

Volunteer screening and training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here

BELONGING – Characters and Twists!

Belonging Weeks 3 & 4
INTRIGUING CHARACTERS & UNFORGETTABLE TWISTS
Write what you know and discover ways to expand your repertoire.
Create new dynamic characters; friends, enemies.

Highschool Students

10am – 12pm

FREE

Getting to the heart of the story

You’ve done a great interview. Now learn to write it up so your reader cannot look away. Join former Sydney Morning Herald journalist  and Sydney Story Factory co-founder Cath Keenan as we show you how to get to the heart of the story and make it really sing.

START THE PRESS – Newspapers are back?

Got a hot scoop to make the front page? Got a scandal to expose? Write about breaking news in the local community or your school, review a fantastic film or trumpet the latest sporting triumph. If you’d like to keep the public informed then join us on Monday afternoons. Primary students, grades 3-6.

The correct and accurate portrayal of teenagers today: a magazine

Fancy being judge, jury and editor? Well, we want to start a magazine and we’d love to have a group of hard-nosed teenagers on the inaugural editorial board. Work with experience editors and writers to craft your own piece of writing and stamp out first ‘zine with a true teen voice. High school students, grades 7-11.

READERS BEWARE – Your fate is in your hands…

You walk into a room. There is a pencil. Do you pick up the pencil? If you do, go to page 52. If your hands have been replaced with suction caps, go to page 12. Help us write the best choose-your-own-adventure story ever. What’s going to happen?Who know! Join us and decide…if you dare. Primary students, grades 3-6.

People of Earth – turn on your RADIOS!

Did you hear the news? There’s a Martian invasion heading to earth! Luckily you’ll be on the ground. Prepare your sound effects, prime ministerial speeches and police warnings. We’re going to write and record a radio play about the (maybe?) end of the world! Primary students, grades 3-6.

BELONGING – Characters and Twists!

Belonging Weeks 3 & 4
INTRIGUING CHARACTERS & UNFORGETTABLE TWISTS
Write what you know and discover ways to expand your repertoire.
Create new dynamic characters; friends, enemies.

Highschool Students

10am – 12pm

FREE

Real life interviewing Part 2

Now you know what sort of detail makes for a great story, you can start asking questions to bring those details out. More Redfern and Waterloo locals will be coming by, and you’ll get a chance to ask them the questions that paint a vivid picture of their lives.

START THE PRESS – Newspapers are back?

Got a hot scoop to make the front page? Got a scandal to expose? Write about breaking news in the local community or your school, review a fantastic film or trumpet the latest sporting triumph. If you’d like to keep the public informed then join us on Monday afternoons. Primary students, grades 3-6.

The correct and accurate portrayal of teenagers today: a magazine

Fancy being judge, jury and editor? Well, we want to start a magazine and we’d love to have a group of hard-nosed teenagers on the inaugural editorial board. Work with experience editors and writers to craft your own piece of writing and stamp out first ‘zine with a true teen voice. High school students, grades 7-11.

READERS BEWARE – Your fate is in your hands…

You walk into a room. There is a pencil. Do you pick up the pencil? If you do, go to page 52. If your hands have been replaced with suction caps, go to page 12. Help us write the best choose-your-own-adventure story ever. What’s going to happen?Who know! Join us and decide…if you dare. Primary students, grades 3-6.

People of Earth – turn on your RADIOS!

Did you hear the news? There’s a Martian invasion heading to earth! Luckily you’ll be on the ground. Prepare your sound effects, prime ministerial speeches and police warnings. We’re going to write and record a radio play about the (maybe?) end of the world! Primary students, grades 3-6.

Writing people’s lives

There are so many ways to write about people and places. Join us as we explore a few of the more interesting ways of conjuring another time. We’ll be looking particularly at writing up the interviews from last week.

START THE PRESS – Newspapers are back?

Got a hot scoop to make the front page? Got a scandal to expose? Write about breaking news in the local community or your school, review a fantastic film or trumpet the latest sporting triumph. If you’d like to keep the public informed then join us on Monday afternoons. Primary students, grades 3-6.

The correct and accurate portrayal of teenagers today: a magazine

Fancy being judge, jury and editor? Well, we want to start a magazine and we’d love to have a group of hard-nosed teenagers on the inaugural editorial board. Work with experience editors and writers to craft your own piece of writing and stamp out first ‘zine with a true teen voice. High school students, grades 7-11.

SSF Bookclub

Sydney Story Factory book club meeting. Wine and cheese will be provided for a gold coin donation!

READERS BEWARE – Your fate is in your hands…

You walk into a room. There is a pencil. Do you pick up the pencil? If you do, go to page 52. If your hands have been replaced with suction caps, go to page 12. Help us write the best choose-your-own-adventure story ever. What’s going to happen?Who know! Join us and decide…if you dare. Primary students, grades 3-6.

People of Earth – turn on your RADIOS!

Did you hear the news? There’s a Martian invasion heading to earth! Luckily you’ll be on the ground. Prepare your sound effects, prime ministerial speeches and police warnings. We’re going to write and record a radio play about the (maybe?) end of the world! Primary students, grades 3-6.

Volunteer screening and training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here

Moon Myths

Do you think the moon is made of green cheese? Do you wait desperately for the next Blue Moon? Or do you just stare out the window and go, “Whoa, that’s cool.” We love moon myths so much we’re going to write our own and put them on a fantastic myth poster.
For students grades 3-5.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Playground Richard III

Now is the winter of our discontent. Yep, sure is. We’ll drop Shakespeare’s silver-tongued villain Richard III into the school playground and see what mischief unfolds. Take the villain’s wily schemes and create and perform a short script. Along the way we’ll show you how much fun Shakespeare (and a bit of tyranny) can be.
For students grades 5-9.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Once Upon A…Now!

The stories we grew up with are implanted in our minds, but can they be updated for today? We’re giving Red Riding Hoodie and an attitude, putting Cinderella on Facebook, and making the seven dwarves members of a boyband. Come screw around with fairytales and live happily ever after. For students grades 6-10. To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Stretching Body and Mind

Yoga and writing in the same workshop? Tell us more! In this workshop wonderful Lana will guide students through a series of yoga movements and mindfulness meditations designed to clear the mind and assist students to think creatively and constructively. Wear loose clothes and be prepared to breathe and write. For students grade 4-6. To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

BELONGING

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention HSC Students! Are you worried about dazzling the middle-aged marker? Lift your ATAR through creative writing!

Spend a session talking and writing and leave with the story you didn’t know you had inside.

Email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au to discuss your project.

For students grade 12. FREE.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Access your imagination.

Achieve genuine self-expression.

Play with the elements of fiction.

Work one-on-one with our tutors.

Create your own portfolio of stories, poems and plays.

Publish in Sunday Writers and online.

For students grades 6-12. FREE.

Email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au to join our workshops.

SSF Bookclub

Sydney Story Factory book club meeting. Wine and cheese will be provided for a gold coin donation!

Larissa Behrendt on writing from your own life.

Larissa Behrendt’s FREE workshop for volunteers on writing from your own life. Larissa is an extraordinary person: a lawyer and Sydney Story Factory board member, she was the first Indigenous Australian to graduate from Harvard Law School; the 2011 NSW Australian of the Year; and chair of the recent Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. Her first novel, Home, won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2005 while her second, Legacy, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing.

Larissa will talk about the tricky business of turning the stuff of life into the stuff of books. A workshop not to be missed.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Access your imagination.

Achieve genuine self-expression.

Play with the elements of fiction.

Work one-on-one with our tutors.

Create your own portfolio of stories, poems and plays.

Publish in Sunday Writers and online.

For students grades 6-12. FREE.

Email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au to join our workshops.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

MEMOIR, WITHOUT THE SLEEPY BITS (1)

This term we’ll be taking a look-see at the genuine, searching for those real stories you find yourself sharing again and again. Tell us about those boots you insisted on wearing to bed when you were five, or about the first time you got dumped by a wave. We’re after the tastes and textures you can’t forget. FREE.
For students grades 3-8.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

NEWSPAPERS – “The News For Those Who Need News.” (1)

Hi, real news? Step this way, we’ve been searching for you everywhere. Grab a pen, flip open a notebook, let’s get started. We need details and facts, all the bits and pieces that make newspapers more than scrap paper. FREE.
For students grades 3-6.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

FICTION – Get me started! (1)

Where are the mushrooms and why are they speaking to me? Welcome to the weird world of writing prompts. Each week we’ll bombard you with all manner of inspirational material…and help you search for the story lurking within. FREE.
For students grades 3-5.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Volunteer screening and training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

MEMOIR, WITHOUT THE SLEEPY BITS (2)

This term we’ll be taking a look-see at the genuine, searching for those real stories you find yourself sharing again and again. Tell us about those boots you insisted on wearing to bed when you were five, or about the first time you got dumped by a wave. We’re after the tastes and textures you can’t forget. FREE.
For students grades 3-8.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES with ATYP (1)

With help from the Australian Theatre for Young People we’ll be searching out characters who are willing to tell it like it should be. Join us and cajole your wispy ideas into a tight, structured dramatic monologue. FREE.
For students grades 9-12.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

 

NEWSPAPERS – “The News For Those Who Need News.” (2)

Hi, real news? Step this way, we’ve been searching for you everywhere. Grab a pen, flip open a notebook, let’s get started. We need details and facts, all the bits and pieces that make newspapers more than scrap paper. FREE.
For students grades 3-6 .
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

 

FICTION – Get me started! (2)

Where are the mushrooms and why are they speaking to me? Welcome to the weird world of writing prompts. Each week we’ll bombard you with all manner of inspirational material…and help you search for the story lurking within. FREE.
For students grades 3-5.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

MEMOIR, WITHOUT THE SLEEPY BITS (3)

This term we’ll be taking a look-see at the genuine, searching for those real stories you find yourself sharing again and again. Tell us about those boots you insisted on wearing to bed when you were five, or about the first time you got dumped by a wave. We’re after the tastes and textures you can’t forget. FREE.
For students grades 3-8.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Volunteer Professional Learning Workshop: Frank Pearce

We are very lucky to have Frank Pearce delivering our next volunteer workshop on working with Aboriginal children. Frank left school at 14 after experiencing racism, but went back to finish his high school certificate at 32, while working 12-hour shifts on Sydney buses. He graduated with a Bachelor of Education aged 50, and now teaches at universities, building teaching students’ awareness of the cultural issues around working with Aboriginal children. Frank has held very senior positions in Aboriginal education in NSW, and Jeff McMullen calls him  “an inspiring educational leader”.

All volunteers are welcome to come to his free talk, 7-8.30pm on Monday, 20th May, at the SSF.
Places are limited so please RSVP to carolina@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES with ATYP (2)

With help from the Australian Theatre for Young People we’ll be searching out characters who are willing to tell it like it should be. Join us and cajole your wispy ideas into a tight, structured dramatic monologue. FREE.
For students grades 9-12.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

NEWSPAPERS – “The News For Those Who Need News.” (3)

Hi, real news? Step this way, we’ve been searching for you everywhere. Grab a pen, flip open a notebook, let’s get started. We need details and facts, all the bits and pieces that make newspapers more than scrap paper. FREE.
For students grades 3-6 .
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

FICTION – Get me started! (3)

Where are the mushrooms and why are they speaking to me? Welcome to the weird world of writing prompts. Each week we’ll bombard you with all manner of inspirational material…and help you search for the story lurking within. FREE.
For students grades 3-5.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

MEMOIR, WITHOUT THE SLEEPY BITS (4)

This term we’ll be taking a look-see at the genuine, searching for those real stories you find yourself sharing again and again. Tell us about those boots you insisted on wearing to bed when you were five, or about the first time you got dumped by a wave. We’re after the tastes and textures you can’t forget. FREE.
For students grades 3-8.

DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES with ATYP (3)

With help from the Australian Theatre for Young People we’ll be searching out characters who are willing to tell it like it should be. Join us and cajole your wispy ideas into a tight, structured dramatic monologue. FREE.
For students grades 9-12.
To enrol in this class, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

SSF Bookclub

Sydney Story Factory book club meeting. Wine and cheese will be provided for a gold coin donation!

NEWSPAPERS – “The News For Those Who Need News.” (4)

Hi, real news? Step this way, we’ve been searching for you everywhere. Grab a pen, flip open a notebook, let’s get started. We need details and facts, all the bits and pieces that make newspapers more than scrap paper. FREE.
For students grades 3-6 .

FICTION – Get me started! (4)

Where are the mushrooms and why are they speaking to me? Welcome to the weird world of writing prompts. Each week we’ll bombard you with all manner of inspirational material…and help you search for the story lurking within. FREE.
For students grades 3-5.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

MEMOIR, WITHOUT THE SLEEPY BITS (5)

This term we’ll be taking a look-see at the genuine, searching for those real stories you find yourself sharing again and again. Tell us about those boots you insisted on wearing to bed when you were five, or about the first time you got dumped by a wave. We’re after the tastes and textures you can’t forget. FREE.
For students grades 3-8.

DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES with ATYP (4)

With help from the Australian Theatre for Young People we’ll be searching out characters who are willing to tell it like it should be. Join us and cajole your wispy ideas into a tight, structured dramatic monologue. FREE.
For students grades 9-12.

NEWSPAPERS – “The News For Those Who Need News.” (5)

Hi, real news? Step this way, we’ve been searching for you everywhere. Grab a pen, flip open a notebook, let’s get started. We need details and facts, all the bits and pieces that make newspapers more than scrap paper. FREE.
For students grades 3-6 .

 

FICTION – Get me started! (5)

Where are the mushrooms and why are they speaking to me? Welcome to the weird world of writing prompts. Each week we’ll bombard you with all manner of inspirational material…and help you search for the story lurking within. FREE.
For students grades 3-5.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

MEMOIR, WITHOUT THE SLEEPY BITS (6)

This term we’ll be taking a look-see at the genuine, searching for those real stories you find yourself sharing again and again. Tell us about those boots you insisted on wearing to bed when you were five, or about the first time you got dumped by a wave. We’re after the tastes and textures you can’t forget. FREE.
For students grades 3-8.

DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES with ATYP (Final Class)

With help from the Australian Theatre for Young People we’ll be searching out characters who are willing to tell it like it should be. Join us and cajole your wispy ideas into a tight, structured dramatic monologue. FREE.
For students grades 9-12.

NEWSPAPERS – “The News For Those Who Need News.” (6)

Hi, real news? Step this way, we’ve been searching for you everywhere. Grab a pen, flip open a notebook, let’s get started. We need details and facts, all the bits and pieces that make newspapers more than scrap paper. FREE.
For students grades 3 – 6 .

FICTION – Get me started! (6)

Where are the mushrooms and why are they speaking to me? Welcome to the weird world of writing prompts. Each week we’ll bombard you with all manner of inspirational material…and help you search for the story lurking within. FREE.
For students grades 3-5.

Volunteer Screening and Training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

MEMOIR, WITHOUT THE SLEEPY BITS (Final Class)

This term we’ll be taking a look-see at the genuine, searching for those real stories you find yourself sharing again and again. Tell us about those boots you insisted on wearing to bed when you were five, or about the first time you got dumped by a wave. We’re after the tastes and textures you can’t forget. FREE.
For students grades 3-8.

NEWSPAPERS – “The News For Those Who Need News.” (Final Class)

Hi, real news? Step this way, we’ve been searching for you everywhere. Grab a pen, flip open a notebook, let’s get started. We need details and facts, all the bits and pieces that make newspapers more than scrap paper. FREE.
For students grades 3-6 .

FICTION – Get me started! (Final Class)

Where are the mushrooms and why are they speaking to me? Welcome to the weird world of writing prompts. Each week we’ll bombard you with all manner of inspirational material…and help you search for the story lurking within. FREE.
For students grades 3-5.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

SSF Bookclub

Sydney Story Factory book club meeting. Wine and cheese will be provided for a gold coin donation!

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

CRAZY NEIGHBOURS, CRAZY STORIES **FULL**

Who are the people in your neighbourhood? In this crafty workshop we’ll be devising an apartment block full of secrets and funny stories. Make a cardboard character, tell their story, then place it in our model apartments. What goes on behind closed doors?

Tuesday, 2nd July * 10am – 12.30pm
For students in grades 3-6.

FREE

**FULL**

SCHOOLYARD SHAKESPEARE **FULL**

“Now is the winter of our discontent”. You better believe it is. This holiday, take a classic Shakespeare story and transport it onto the most cut-throat battlefield there is: High school.

Wednesday, 3rd July * 10am – 1.30pm
For students in grades 5-9. 

FREE

**FULL**

ANIMATION STATION **FULL**

Want to bring a story to life? Think you could make the next Toy Story, Madagascar or Shrek? Using cool new animation software, we’ll take characters, write scripts, then animate their adventures. Send you stories into the third dimension!

Thursday, 4th July * 10am – 4pm
For students in grades 5-6. 

FREE

**FULL**

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

KIDS’ ZINE with TIMEOUT MAGAZINE **FULL**

Ever thought you had it in you to edit glossies with the big wigs of publishing? TimeOut magazine staff are on hand to help us put together a fantastic new mag, full of stories, articles, interviews and reviews. See how the pros do it!

Tuesday, 9th July * 10am – 4pm
For students in grades 4-7. 

FREE

**FULL**

MASKS, MYTHS AND LEGENDS **FULL**

Did you know Mars was what the Romans called the God of War? Or that Neptune was the name of the King of the Sea? We’ll dig deep into the myths of the solar system, write our own, make a legendary mask, and maybe stage our own Greek tragedy!

Wednesday, 10th July * 10am -12.30pm
For students grades 3-6. 

FREE

**FULL**

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

Volunteer Screening and Training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION (Week 1)

There will be great journeys through fantastical realms, there may be swords, possibly secrets and revelations: you never quite know with fantasy. Join us to find out. And, as a special inspirational treat: on July the 29th we’ll have a visit from Kate Forsyth,  best-selling and award-winning author of The Chain of Charms series and many other wonderful novels running a guest two-hour workshop.

Mondays 22nd July – 9th September * 3.30-4.30pm  (except Monday 29th July, when class runs 3.30-5.30pm).
For students in grades 3-6.

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

CREATIVITY IN WRITING WORKSHOP

In July’s volunteer professional learning workshop, we will explore exactly what creativity looks like in a piece of student writing. We are lucky to have Professor Robyn Ewing and Honorary Associate Professor David Smith leading this interactive class. They will train those attending in how to evaluate whether, and how, students’ work becomes more creative over the course of a Sydney Story Factory program. It will be a fascinating insight into exactly what creative writing is, and will allow you to become part of our evaluation team. We encourage everyone interested in evaluation to attend.
5-6.30pm Tuesday 23rd July, at the SSF. Free. RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

UNBELIEVABLE INVENTIONS AND CRAZY PATENTS (Week 1)

Set free your ruler-wielding inventor! Ever thought the world needed a machine that could juice avocados and brush your teeth at the same time? This is your chance to draft up the plan. We’ll use diagrams and descriptive writing to collect all your world-changing ideas before they disappear.

Wednesdays 24th July – 11th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

THE YEAR (SO FAR) IN REVIEW – A PANTOMIME (Week 1)

Look out! Duck! Boo! We have a plan, We’d like to produce an end of year pantomime…but we need a script. Come help us write a funny, villain-scattered, banana peel-littered encapsulation of 2013. Think scriptwriting with a humorous twist.

Thursdays 25th July – 12th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION (Week 2)

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION

There will be great journeys through fantastical realms, there may be swords, possibly secrets and revelations: you never quite know with fantasy. Join us to find out. And, as a special inspirational treat: on July the 29th we’ll have a visit from Kate Forsyth,  best-selling and award-winning author of The Chain of Charms series and many other wonderful novels running a guest two-hour workshop.

Mondays 22nd July – 9th September * 3.30-4.30pm  (except Monday 29th July, when class runs 3.30-5.30pm).
For students in grades 3-6.

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

 

SSF Bookclub

Sydney Story Factory book club meeting. Wine and cheese will be provided for a gold coin donation!

UNBELIEVABLE INVENTIONS AND CRAZY PATENTS (Week 2)

Set free your ruler-wielding inventor! Ever thought the world needed a machine that could juice avocados and brush your teeth at the same time? This is your chance to draft up the plan. We’ll use diagrams and descriptive writing to collect all your world-changing ideas before they disappear.

Wednesdays 24th July – 11th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

THE YEAR (SO FAR) IN REVIEW – A PANTOMIME (Week 2)

Look out! Duck! Boo! We have a plan, We’d like to produce an end of year pantomime…but we need a script. Come help us write a funny, villain-scattered, banana peel-littered encapsulation of 2013. Think scriptwriting with a humorous twist.

Thursdays 25th July – 12th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

1st Birthday Concert

We are celebrating our first birthday with all the amazing volunteers who have joined us for these last 12 months!

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION (Week 3)

There will be great journeys through fantastical realms, there may be swords, possibly secrets and revelations: you never quite know with fantasy. Join us to find out. And, as a special inspirational treat: on July the 29th we’ll have a visit from Kate Forsyth,  best-selling and award-winning author of The Chain of Charms series and many other wonderful novels running a guest two-hour workshop.

Mondays 22nd July – 9th September * 3.30-4.30pm  (except Monday 29th July, when class runs 3.30-5.30pm).
For students in grades 3-6.

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

UNBELIEVABLE INVENTIONS AND CRAZY PATENTS (Week 3)

Set free your ruler-wielding inventor! Ever thought the world needed a machine that could juice avocados and brush your teeth at the same time? This is your chance to draft up the plan. We’ll use diagrams and descriptive writing to collect all your world-changing ideas before they disappear.

Wednesdays 24th July – 11th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

THE YEAR (SO FAR) IN REVIEW – A PANTOMIME (Week 3)

Look out! Duck! Boo! We have a plan, We’d like to produce an end of year pantomime…but we need a script. Come help us write a funny, villain-scattered, banana peel-littered encapsulation of 2013. Think scriptwriting with a humorous twist.

Thursdays 25th July – 12th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

 

 

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION (Week 4)

There will be great journeys through fantastical realms, there may be swords, possibly secrets and revelations: you never quite know with fantasy. Join us to find out. And, as a special inspirational treat: on July the 29th we’ll have a visit from Kate Forsyth,  best-selling and award-winning author of The Chain of Charms series and many other wonderful novels running a guest two-hour workshop.

Mondays 22nd July – 9th September * 3.30-4.30pm  (except Monday 29th July, when class runs 3.30-5.30pm).
For students in grades 3-6.

 

UNBELIEVABLE INVENTIONS AND CRAZY PATENTS (Week 4)

Set free your ruler-wielding inventor! Ever thought the world needed a machine that could juice avocados and brush your teeth at the same time? This is your chance to draft up the plan. We’ll use diagrams and descriptive writing to collect all your world-changing ideas before they disappear.

Wednesdays 24th July – 11th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

FREE - For more information and to book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

THE YEAR (SO FAR) IN REVIEW – A PANTOMIME (Week 4)

Look out! Duck! Boo! We have a plan, We’d like to produce an end of year pantomime…but we need a script. Come help us write a funny, villain-scattered, banana peel-littered encapsulation of 2013. Think scriptwriting with a humorous twist.

Thursdays 25th July – 12th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

Volunteer Screening and Training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION (Week 5)

There will be great journeys through fantastical realms, there may be swords, possibly secrets and revelations: you never quite know with fantasy. Join us to find out. And, as a special inspirational treat: on July the 29th we’ll have a visit from Kate Forsyth,  best-selling and award-winning author of The Chain of Charms series and many other wonderful novels running a guest two-hour workshop.

Mondays 22nd July – 9th September * 3.30-4.30pm  (except Monday 29th July, when class runs 3.30-5.30pm).
For students in grades 3-6.

 

SCRIPTWRITING WORKSHOP by Alice Addison

This month’s free volunteer professional learning workshop is on finding your own, original voice in scriptwriting. It will be presented by Alice Addison, a seasoned writer for film and television – and Sydney Story Factory volunteer. After graduating from the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, she won Best Film Script in the Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards in 2011 for her adaptation of Julia Leigh’s novel The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe. Alice has also written extensively for TV, including episodes of RAN (Remote Area Nurse) - which led to a nomination for Best Television Mini-Series Script at the Australian Writers’ Guild (AWGIE) Awards in 2005. She is currently writing a new series for Foxtel called The Break. The workshop will be hands-on, with a Q&A afterwards. We look forward to seeing you there.

7-8.30pm, Tuesday, 20th August, at the SSF. Free but places are limited. RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

UNBELIEVABLE INVENTIONS AND CRAZY PATENTS (Week 5)

Set free your ruler-wielding inventor! Ever thought the world needed a machine that could juice avocados and brush your teeth at the same time? This is your chance to draft up the plan. We’ll use diagrams and descriptive writing to collect all your world-changing ideas before they disappear.

Wednesdays 24th July – 11th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

JOIN OUR OBSERVATION TEAM

We’re now full swing into the evaluation of our programs by academics from the University of Sydney. Having volunteers observe students in classes is a very important part of this process and we’d love more people to join our observation team. It’s a great opportunity to learn about education theory and evaluation, and help drill down on exactly what benefits our students get from our programs. Volunteer observers are given a clear structure and format to record their observations. Honorary Associate Professor David Smith is running another training session for observers 5-8pm on Wednesday, 21st August, at the SSF. 

This will be the last session until 4th term, so please come along if you’re interested. RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

THE YEAR (SO FAR) IN REVIEW – A PANTOMIME (Week 5)

Look out! Duck! Boo! We have a plan, We’d like to produce an end of year pantomime…but we need a script. Come help us write a funny, villain-scattered, banana peel-littered encapsulation of 2013. Think scriptwriting with a humorous twist.

Thursdays 25th July – 12th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

 

 

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION (Week 6)

There will be great journeys through fantastical realms, there may be swords, possibly secrets and revelations: you never quite know with fantasy. Join us to find out. And, as a special inspirational treat: on July the 29th we’ll have a visit from Kate Forsyth,  best-selling and award-winning author of The Chain of Charms series and many other wonderful novels running a guest two-hour workshop.

Mondays 22nd July – 9th September * 3.30-4.30pm  (except Monday 29th July, when class runs 3.30-5.30pm).
For students in grades 3-6.

UNBELIEVABLE INVENTIONS AND CRAZY PATENTS (Week 6)

Set free your ruler-wielding inventor! Ever thought the world needed a machine that could juice avocados and brush your teeth at the same time? This is your chance to draft up the plan. We’ll use diagrams and descriptive writing to collect all your world-changing ideas before they disappear.

Wednesdays 24th July – 11th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

THE YEAR (SO FAR) IN REVIEW – A PANTOMIME (Week 6)

Look out! Duck! Boo! We have a plan, We’d like to produce an end of year pantomime…but we need a script. Come help us write a funny, villain-scattered, banana peel-littered encapsulation of 2013. Think scriptwriting with a humorous twist.

Thursdays 25th July – 12th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

 

 

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION (Week 7)

There will be great journeys through fantastical realms, there may be swords, possibly secrets and revelations: you never quite know with fantasy. Join us to find out. And, as a special inspirational treat: on July the 29th we’ll have a visit from Kate Forsyth,  best-selling and award-winning author of The Chain of Charms series and many other wonderful novels running a guest two-hour workshop.

Mondays 22nd July – 9th September * 3.30-4.30pm  (except Monday 29th July, when class runs 3.30-5.30pm).
For students in grades 3-6.

UNBELIEVABLE INVENTIONS AND CRAZY PATENTS (Week 7)

Set free your ruler-wielding inventor! Ever thought the world needed a machine that could juice avocados and brush your teeth at the same time? This is your chance to draft up the plan. We’ll use diagrams and descriptive writing to collect all your world-changing ideas before they disappear.

Wednesdays 24th July – 11th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

THE YEAR (SO FAR) IN REVIEW – A PANTOMIME (Week 7)

Look out! Duck! Boo! We have a plan, We’d like to produce an end of year pantomime…but we need a script. Come help us write a funny, villain-scattered, banana peel-littered encapsulation of 2013. Think scriptwriting with a humorous twist.

Thursdays 25th July – 12th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

 

 

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

ELF-HELP AND MORE FANTASY FICTION (Final week)

There will be great journeys through fantastical realms, there may be swords, possibly secrets and revelations: you never quite know with fantasy. Join us to find out. And, as a special inspirational treat: on July the 29th we’ll have a visit from Kate Forsyth,  best-selling and award-winning author of The Chain of Charms series and many other wonderful novels running a guest two-hour workshop.

Mondays 22nd July – 9th September * 3.30-4.30pm  (except Monday 29th July, when class runs 3.30-5.30pm).
For students in grades 3-6.

UNBELIEVABLE INVENTIONS AND CRAZY PATENTS (Final week)

Set free your ruler-wielding inventor! Ever thought the world needed a machine that could juice avocados and brush your teeth at the same time? This is your chance to draft up the plan. We’ll use diagrams and descriptive writing to collect all your world-changing ideas before they disappear.

Wednesdays 24th July – 11th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

THE YEAR (SO FAR) IN REVIEW – A PANTOMIME (Final week)

Look out! Duck! Boo! We have a plan, We’d like to produce an end of year pantomime…but we need a script. Come help us write a funny, villain-scattered, banana peel-littered encapsulation of 2013. Think scriptwriting with a humorous twist.

Thursdays 25th July – 12th September * 3.30-4.30pm
For students in grades 3-6. 

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

Volunteer Screening and Training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

Around the World in 80 minutes (FULL)

Do you like adventure? Romance? Thrills, spills, exotic locations and treasures from the past? We’re going to create the greatest adventure story ever told, one bizarre location at a time. Globetrotting and international intrigue guaranteed. Suitable for students in grades 3-6.

Masks! Funny Walks! Scripts! – Commedia dell’arte (FULL)

Some people say it’s Italian for The Simpsons! Seriously, commedia dell’arte is the basis for comedy and cartoons today. In this workshop you’ll discover more about classic characters, make a mask, improvise and write a short script. It’ll be action packed! Suitable for students grades 4-10.

Inside Story – a workshop with Susanne Gervay OAM

Susanne Gervay OAM is the award-winning author of many books, including her young adult Jack series (I am Jack; Super Jack; Always Jack). She is tremendously passionate about writing and making a difference in the world, especially for young people. We are thrilled that she has agreed to deliver a free workshop for volunteers called Inside Story – writing about what matters to change lives, connect with readers, excite and engage. How do you get there? What is the process? How do you create books that have staying power?

Wednesday 25th September,  7-8.30pm
Free but places are limited.
RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

Dare you to stand up

Yes, we know you’re funny! That’s why we’re inviting you to our stand-up comedy workshop. Learn the nuts and bolts of joke creation, funny storytelling and how to flap your arms while blowing bubbles. Once you’ve got that sorted we’ll help you prepare for our first Story Factory battle of the comedians. For students in grades 6-10. Free. To enrol email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

FREE WRITERS GUILD

Sunday 10-noon or 1pm-3pm

Attention budding writers and shy story tellers!!
Do you have a short story, novel, poem or play you would like to write?
At Sydney Story Factory, the Free Writers Guild meets between 10am and 12noon to work with our dedicated band of tutors.
If you are aged between 12 and 17 and have an idea you would like to discuss please contact Helen on 0412 318 974 or email helen@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
Or come along this Sunday between 10 and 12 and give us a trial.
If you are super keen bring your lunch and stay till 3pm!

Where Ideas Come From with Emma Mactaggart

Emma Mactaggart from Child Writes will help you with that old chestnut: where do ideas come from? She’ll explore the issue first with picture books that other kids have made, before giving you the chance to do it yourself. Suitable for students in grades 5-6. Free. To enrol, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

What will you do? with ATYP

At this workshop we’re joined by the playwright Jess Bellamy. We’ll be taking ideas and characters from her new play Compass and creating a collection of monologues. Imagine you’re on a school camp, things go wrong and you end up out there in the bush, possibly lost, certainly worried….What will your character do? Suitable for students in grades 5-9. Free. To enrol email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

You vs. Verse – the Ultimate Poetic Smackdown (week 1)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.
Mondays, 14th Oct – 2nd Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
For students grades 3- 6 |
 FREE

For more information and to book a place email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970

 

It’s in the Telling and the Yelling – Stories Out Loud (week 1)

A term of telling each other stories? Sounds pretty good to us. We don’t mind if the story is fantastic and farfetched or true and terrific. We’ll help you break it down to the essential parts, then work out how to turn it into an unforgettable oral tale.

Wednesday, 16th Oct – 4th Dec

3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

For more information and to book a place
email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970

The Year in Review on a Stage – Actors Needed! (week 1)

We have a script for our end of year Pantomime, now we need some students to rehearse and prepare for performance. You’ll be working with an experienced theatre director and actors; all you need is enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to perform the play in the week beginning the 9th of Dec.

Thursday, 17th Oct – 5th Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |

For students grades 4 – 10

For more information and to book a place
email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970

Volunteer Screening and Training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

You vs. Verse – the Ultimate Poetic Smackdown (week 2)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

Mondays, 14th Oct – 2nd Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
For students grades 3- 6 |
 FREE

For more information and to book a place email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970


It’s in the Telling and the Yelling – Stories Out Loud (week 2)

A term of telling each other stories? Sounds pretty good to us. We don’t mind if the story is fantastic and farfetched or true and terrific. We’ll help you break it down to the essential parts, then work out how to turn it into an unforgettable oral tale.

Wednesday, 16th Oct – 4th Dec

3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

For more information and to book a place
email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970

The Year in Review on a Stage – Actors Needed! (week 2)

We have a script for our end of year Pantomime, now we need some students to rehearse and prepare for performance. You’ll be working with an experienced theatre director and actors; all you need is enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to perform the play in the week beginning the 9th of Dec.

Thursday, 17th Oct – 5th Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |

For students grades 4 – 10

For more information and to book a place
email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970

You vs. Verse – the Ultimate Poetic Smackdown (week 3)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

Mondays, 14th Oct – 2nd Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
For students grades 3 – 6 |
 FREE

For more information and to book a place email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970


It’s in the Telling and the Yelling – Stories Out Loud (week 3)

A term of telling each other stories? Sounds pretty good to us. We don’t mind if the story is fantastic and farfetched or true and terrific. We’ll help you break it down to the essential parts, then work out how to turn it into an unforgettable oral tale.

Wednesday, 16th Oct – 4th Dec

3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

For more information and to book a place
email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970

THE HISTORY OF REDFERN/WATERLOO

Cathy Craigie will run a free workshop for volunteers exploring the history of the vibrant area where we work. She will tell personal stories, and place them in context, highlighting the significance of this area for urban Aboriginal culture and as a multicultural success story. Cathy will also point out any cultural sensitivities to be aware of when helping our students interview older Indigenous people.

Wednesday, 30th October
7-8pm, 
at the SSF.

Free but places are limited so RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

The Year in Review on a Stage – Actors Needed! (week 3)

We have a script for our end of year Pantomime, now we need some students to rehearse and prepare for performance. You’ll be working with an experienced theatre director and actors; all you need is enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to perform the play in the week beginning the 9th of Dec.

Thursday, 17th Oct – 5th Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |

For students grades 4 – 10

For more information and to book a place
email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au
or ring (02) 9699 6970

You vs. Verse – the Ultimate Poetic Smackdown (week 4)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

Mondays, 14th Oct – 2nd Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
For students grades 3- 6 |
 FREE

 

It’s in the Telling and the Yelling – Stories Out Loud (week 4)

A term of telling each other stories? Sounds pretty good to us. We don’t mind if the story is fantastic and farfetched or true and terrific. We’ll help you break it down to the essential parts, then work out how to turn it into an unforgettable oral tale.

Wednesday, 16th Oct – 4th Dec

3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

 

The Year in Review on a Stage – Actors Needed! (week 4)

We have a script for our end of year Pantomime, now we need some students to rehearse and prepare for performance. You’ll be working with an experienced theatre director and actors; all you need is enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to perform the play in the week beginning the 9th of Dec.

Thursday, 17th Oct – 5th Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |

For students grades 4 – 10

You vs. Verse – the Ultimate Poetic Smackdown (week 5)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

Mondays, 14th Oct – 2nd Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
For students grades 3- 6 |
 FREE

 


Quality Children’s Literature workshop – with Professor Robyn Ewing

Following repeated requests, we are very pleased to offer you a special workshop on quality children’s literature by Sydney Story Factory vice president, Professor Robyn Ewing. There isn’t much Robyn doesn’t know about children’s literature; last year, she was awarded the prestigious Lady Cutler Award for distinguished service to the area. She will discuss: What makes a good children’s book? What are some examples? What’s the best way to introduce books to your children, nieces, or grandchildren? After the session – just in time for Christmas! - you’ll be able to buy a selection of quality children’s books from Paul Macdonald, of The Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. 10% of proceeds go to the SSF!
7-8pm Tuesday, 12th November, at the SSF.
Free but places are limited so RSVP to carolina@sydneystoryfactory.org.au.

It’s in the Telling and the Yelling – Stories Out Loud (week 5)

A term of telling each other stories? Sounds pretty good to us. We don’t mind if the story is fantastic and farfetched or true and terrific. We’ll help you break it down to the essential parts, then work out how to turn it into an unforgettable oral tale.

Wednesday, 16th Oct – 4th Dec

3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 


Songwriting workshop with Sarah Blasko

We are super-excited that the wonderful Sarah Blasko is coming by to run a FREE SONGWRITING WORKSHOP with young people in year 6 and above. Ever dreamed about writing your own ARIA-award winning hit? Here’s your chance to have a go, with someone who’s actually done it.

Workshop runs 6-8pm this Wednesday, 13th November, at the SSF.

Places are limited so email us now, now, now!

Email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or call 9699 6970.

The Year in Review on a Stage – Actors Needed! (week 5)

We have a script for our end of year Pantomime, now we need some students to rehearse and prepare for performance. You’ll be working with an experienced theatre director and actors; all you need is enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to perform the play in the week beginning the 9th of Dec.

Thursday, 17th Oct – 5th Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |

For students grades 4 – 10

You vs. Verse – the Ultimate Poetic Smackdown (week 6)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

Mondays, 14th Oct – 2nd Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
For students grades 3- 6 |
 FREE

 


 

It’s in the Telling and the Yelling – Stories Out Loud (week 6)

A term of telling each other stories? Sounds pretty good to us. We don’t mind if the story is fantastic and farfetched or true and terrific. We’ll help you break it down to the essential parts, then work out how to turn it into an unforgettable oral tale.

Wednesday, 16th Oct – 4th Dec

3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Year in Review on a Stage – Actors Needed! (week 6)

We have a script for our end of year Pantomime, now we need some students to rehearse and prepare for performance. You’ll be working with an experienced theatre director and actors; all you need is enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to perform the play in the week beginning the 9th of Dec.

Thursday, 17th Oct – 5th Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |

For students grades 4 – 10

Community Day at Poets Corner

Free books in exchange for stories about this amazing area!

Friday 22nd November 
3-5.30pm 
at Poet’s Corner, Waterloo.

 

Volunteer Screening and Training

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend a training session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 10am and noon. Then you can come to training from 12.30-2pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it. To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

You vs. Verse – the Ultimate Poetic Smackdown (week 7)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

Mondays, 14th Oct – 2nd Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
For students grades 3- 6 |
 FREE

 

It’s in the Telling and the Yelling – Stories Out Loud (week 7)

A term of telling each other stories? Sounds pretty good to us. We don’t mind if the story is fantastic and farfetched or true and terrific. We’ll help you break it down to the essential parts, then work out how to turn it into an unforgettable oral tale.

Wednesday, 16th Oct – 4th Dec

3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Year in Review on a Stage – Actors Needed! (week 7)

We have a script for our end of year Pantomime, now we need some students to rehearse and prepare for performance. You’ll be working with an experienced theatre director and actors; all you need is enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to perform the play in the week beginning the 9th of Dec.

Thursday, 17th Oct – 5th Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |

For students grades 4 – 10

AMAZING BABES with Eliza Sarlos and Grace Lee

Join author Eliza Sarlos and illustrator Grace Lee as we hear about their journey towards creating their book, and then write a letter to a babe who you think is amazing. Eliza and Grace will sign books after the event.

Have a look at their website here.

Click here to read a review of their book at Children’s Books Daily!

For students ages 10-15 years old

1-3pm, Saturday, 30th November
at the Sydney Story Factory

Email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au to book a place or call (02) 9699 6970

 

 

You vs. Verse – the Ultimate Poetic Smackdown (final week)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

Mondays, 14th Oct – 2nd Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
For students grades 3 – 6 |
 FREE

 

It’s in the Telling and the Yelling – Stories Out Loud (final week)

A term of telling each other stories? Sounds pretty good to us. We don’t mind if the story is fantastic and farfetched or true and terrific. We’ll help you break it down to the essential parts, then work out how to turn it into an unforgettable oral tale.

Wednesday, 16th Oct – 4th Dec

3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Year in Review on a Stage – Actors Needed! (final week)

We have a script for our end of year Pantomime, now we need some students to rehearse and prepare for performance. You’ll be working with an experienced theatre director and actors; all you need is enthusiasm, courage and a willingness to perform the play in the week beginning the 9th of Dec.

Thursday, 17th Oct – 5th Dec
3:30 – 4:30pm
FREE |

For students grades 4 – 10

Community Day at Waterloo Green

Free books in exchange for stories about this amazing area!

Friday, 6th December
2.45-5.45pm
at Waterloo Green, between Raglan and Philips streets.  

CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME @ 107 Projects

The Quartercorn, Mister Sinister and the Stolen Fairy Tales
A Panto written by Kids @ The Sydney Story Factory
(With assistance from Adults who like fun)
Director Uma Kali Shakti

What would you do if on your first day at a new school you discovered all the other children were fairy tale characters who’d lost their memories?! Well that’s what happened to Jade and Batty! Watch as they try with assistance of the Princess and the magical creature Quartercorn, to free these characters from the torture of endless NAPLAN tests. Cheer the heroes as they match wits (and songs) with the villainous Mr Sinister.

Join us for a Christmas pantomime you’ll never forget! Be prepared for laughs, singing and heaps of audience participation.

CAST : Story Factory students and adults

TICKETS: $15/$10/$5

BOOKINGS: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/14463
(Tickets will be also available at the door)

MORE INFO:
ph 9699 6970, or email info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

*All money raised will be used to fund Sydney Story Factory writing workshops.

CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME @ 107 Projects

The Quartercorn, Mister Sinister and the Stolen Fairy Tales
A Panto written by Kids @ The Sydney Story Factory
(With assistance from Adults who like fun)
Director Uma Kali Shakti

What would you do if on your first day at a new school you discovered all the other children were fairy tale characters who’d lost their memories?! Well that’s what happened to Jade and Batty! Watch as they try with assistance of the Princess and the magical creature Quartercorn, to free these characters from the torture of endless NAPLAN tests. Cheer the heroes as they match wits (and songs) with the villainous Mr Sinister.

Join us for a Christmas pantomime you’ll never forget! Be prepared for laughs, singing and heaps of audience participation.

CAST : Story Factory students and adults

TICKETS: $15/$10/$5

BOOKINGS: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/14463
(Tickets will be also available at the door)

MORE INFO:
ph 9699 6970, or email info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

*All money raised will be used to fund Sydney Story Factory writing workshops.

CHRISTMAS PANTOMIME @ 107 Projects

The Quartercorn, Mister Sinister and the Stolen Fairy Tales
A Panto written by Kids @ The Sydney Story Factory
(With assistance from Adults who like fun)
Director Uma Kali Shakti

What would you do if on your first day at a new school you discovered all the other children were fairy tale characters who’d lost their memories?! Well that’s what happened to Jade and Batty! Watch as they try with assistance of the Princess and the magical creature Quartercorn, to free these characters from the torture of endless NAPLAN tests. Cheer the heroes as they match wits (and songs) with the villainous Mr Sinister.

Join us for a Christmas pantomime you’ll never forget! Be prepared for laughs, singing and heaps of audience participation.

CAST : Story Factory students and adults

TICKETS: $15/$10/$5

BOOKINGS: http://www.stickytickets.com.au/14463
(Tickets will be also available at the door)

MORE INFO:
ph 9699 6970, or email info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au

*All money raised will be used to fund Sydney Story Factory writing workshops.

Holiday Workshop: SCHOOLYARD SHAKESPEARE

“Now is the winter of our discontent.” You better believe it is. This holiday, take a classic Shakespeare story and transport it onto the most cut-throat, back stabbing, devious and dastardly battlefield there is…HIGH SCHOOL.

Monday 20th January
1 – 3:30 pm
For students grades 5 – 9

FREE. To book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or call (02) 9699 6970

Holiday Workshop: AROUND THE WORLD

Do you like adventure? Romance? Thrills, spills, exotic locations and treasures from the past? We’re going to create the greatest adventure story ever told, one bizarre location at a time. Globetrotting and international intrigue guaranteed.

Thursday 23rd January 
1 pm – 3 pm 
For students grades 4 – 7.

FREE. To book a place email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or call (02) 9699 6970

 

Holiday Workshop: SHUTTERBUGGIN’

Get snap happy! We’re going to take to the streets and capture the sights, then head back to the Story Factory and write about the photos we’ve taken. Use the tricks of photography – big and small, shadow and light, and colour to inspire crazy photos, then use them to inspire crazy stories.

Thursday 23rd January
10 am – 12 pm
For students grades 3 – 6.

FREE. To book a place, email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or call (02) 9699 6970,

Holiday Workshop: AROUND THE WORLD

Do you like adventure? Romance? Thrills, spills, exotic locations and treasures from the past? We’re going to create the greatest adventure story ever told, one bizarre location at a time. Globetrotting and international intrigue guaranteed.

Thursday 23rd January
1 pm – 3 pm
For students grades 4 – 7.

FREE. To book a place email workshops@sydneystoryfactory.org.au or call (02) 9699 6970

 

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (week 1)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Home Project – After School Edition (week 1)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (week 1)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (week 1)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Come along this Sunday and work on your entry for the Sydney Writers’ Festival WriteNow! Short Story Competition.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (week 2)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Home Project – After School Edition (week 2)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (week 2)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (week 2)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Come along this Sunday and work on your entry for the Sydney Writers’ Festival WriteNow! Short Story Competition.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (week 3)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Fundamentals Of Writing

Fully booked!

In this practical workshop, you get to be both tutor and student as we get down to the nitty gritty of how exactly you can help improve a student’s writing. Catherine will lead you through a practical process to help you deal with some of the most common issues when students are writing. We’ll find ways to help the Done-In-Two-Minutes student; the student with 18 ideas crammed into one story; and the student who just stares at the blank page. You’ll leave feeling better equipped to help young people start, continue and improve their writing. Catherine is one of our many talented Sydney Story Factory volunteers: a primary trained teacher who morphed into a writing specialist during her time in New York, working within a public charter school network training and coaching writing teachers.

The Home Project – After School Edition (week 3)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (week 3)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Volunteer Leadership Training Program

Fully booked!
The Sydney Story Factory’s inaugural workshop leader program
In this four-week evening course for experienced tutors, we will give you the tools and confidence to run one of our tried and tested workshops, and develop your own workshop too. The sessions will cover topics such as getting the best out of students, how to nurture creativity, and dealing with behavioural issues. The first three sessions will delve into lesson planning and give you hands-on experience running our ever-popular book-making workshop. In the fourth session you get to work with a staff member to develop your own workshop on a subject you’re passionate about, from haiku to animation.

After graduating, you will be given the opportunity to team-teach a class with a staff member, then lead a class on your own and receive feedback. After that, you become an Official Workshop Leader and you’re ready to fly solo!

The first session will be run by Sydney Story Factory vice-president Robyn Ewing, Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, with the remaining sessions run by Storyteller-in-Chief Richard Short and Deputy Storyteller Matt Roden.

The course is FREE and open to anyone who has tutored 5 times or more. It is suitable for volunteers with or without a teaching background.

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (week 3)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Come along this Sunday and work on your entry for the Sydney Writers’ Festival WriteNow! Short Story Competition.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (week 4)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Home Project – After School Edition (week 4)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (week 4)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Volunteer Leadership Training Program

Fully booked!
The Sydney Story Factory’s inaugural workshop leader program
In this four-week evening course for experienced tutors, we will give you the tools and confidence to run one of our tried and tested workshops, and develop your own workshop too. The sessions will cover topics such as getting the best out of students, how to nurture creativity, and dealing with behavioural issues. The first three sessions will delve into lesson planning and give you hands-on experience running our ever-popular book-making workshop. In the fourth session you get to work with a staff member to develop your own workshop on a subject you’re passionate about, from haiku to animation.

After graduating, you will be given the opportunity to team-teach a class with a staff member, then lead a class on your own and receive feedback. After that, you become an Official Workshop Leader and you’re ready to fly solo!

The first session will be run by Sydney Story Factory vice-president Robyn Ewing, Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, with the remaining sessions run by Storyteller-in-Chief Richard Short and Deputy Storyteller Matt Roden.

The course is FREE and open to anyone who has tutored 5 times or more. It is suitable for volunteers with or without a teaching background.

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (week 4)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Come along this Sunday and work on your entry for the Sydney Writers’ Festival WriteNow! Short Story Competition.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (week 5)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Home Project – After School Edition (week 5)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (week 5)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Volunteer Leadership Training Program

Fully booked!
The Sydney Story Factory’s inaugural workshop leader program
In this four-week evening course for experienced tutors, we will give you the tools and confidence to run one of our tried and tested workshops, and develop your own workshop too. The sessions will cover topics such as getting the best out of students, how to nurture creativity, and dealing with behavioural issues. The first three sessions will delve into lesson planning and give you hands-on experience running our ever-popular book-making workshop. In the fourth session you get to work with a staff member to develop your own workshop on a subject you’re passionate about, from haiku to animation.

After graduating, you will be given the opportunity to team-teach a class with a staff member, then lead a class on your own and receive feedback. After that, you become an Official Workshop Leader and you’re ready to fly solo!

The first session will be run by Sydney Story Factory vice-president Robyn Ewing, Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, with the remaining sessions run by Storyteller-in-Chief Richard Short and Deputy Storyteller Matt Roden.

The course is FREE and open to anyone who has tutored 5 times or more. It is suitable for volunteers with or without a teaching background.

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (week 5)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Come along this Sunday and work on your entry for the Sydney Writers’ Festival WriteNow! Short Story Competition.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (week 6)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Home Project – After School Edition (week 6)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (week 6)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Volunteer Leadership Training Program

Fully booked!
The Sydney Story Factory’s inaugural workshop leader program
In this four-week evening course for experienced tutors, we will give you the tools and confidence to run one of our tried and tested workshops, and develop your own workshop too. The sessions will cover topics such as getting the best out of students, how to nurture creativity, and dealing with behavioural issues. The first three sessions will delve into lesson planning and give you hands-on experience running our ever-popular book-making workshop. In the fourth session you get to work with a staff member to develop your own workshop on a subject you’re passionate about, from haiku to animation.

After graduating, you will be given the opportunity to team-teach a class with a staff member, then lead a class on your own and receive feedback. After that, you become an Official Workshop Leader and you’re ready to fly solo!

The first session will be run by Sydney Story Factory vice-president Robyn Ewing, Professor of Teacher Education and the Arts, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, with the remaining sessions run by Storyteller-in-Chief Richard Short and Deputy Storyteller Matt Roden.

The course is FREE and open to anyone who has tutored 5 times or more. It is suitable for volunteers with or without a teaching background.

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (week 6)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Come along this Sunday and work on your entry for the Sydney Writers’ Festival WriteNow! Short Story Competition.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (week 7)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Home Project – After School Edition (week 7)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Factory Talks! – with Kate Forsyth

We are thrilled to introduce our Factory Talks series. Once a month, an author will come by to talk about their work in a salon-style setting. You’ll be able to ask questions, and stay afterwards to discuss the book over wine and cheese with your fellow volunteers. Our favourite bookseller, Oscar & Friends, will be on hand so you can buy your own copy, and get the author to sign it too. The talks are free, and open to all volunteers and their friends.

RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. We look forward to seeing you there!

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (week 7)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (week 7)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Come along this Sunday and work on your entry for the Sydney Writers’ Festival WriteNow! Short Story Competition.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (week 8)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Home Project – After School Edition (week 8)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (week 8)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (week 8)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Come along this Sunday and work on your entry for the Sydney Writers’ Festival WriteNow! Short Story Competition.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Living In Harmony Festival

We’ll be running a stall at this wonderful children’s festival at Belmore Park, opposite Central Station off Eddy Ave, all day long! Come and have a chat, or get involved in our character workshops we’ll be running throughout the day.

Podcasting: I Podcast Therefore I Am (final week)

Don’t take it the wrong way if we say you’ve got a great voice for radio! During these workshops we’ll put together a collection of podcasts to be broadcast from the Story Factory website (otherwise known as SSF Radio). Students are invited to imagine, write and record their perfect broadcast: it might be a rant about the state of fast-food, a taxonomy of pop stars, a collection of linked stories – it’s up to you.

Monday, Feb 3 – Mar 31


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

The Home Project – After School Edition (final week)

“Redfern is the real world… it has been the heart and home for Aboriginal people and in the future it will be the heart of the city.” Come and meet some of the fabulous people who live in Redfern – old-timers, stars and shop keepers. Develop your interviewing and writing skills with our dedicated volunteers. Write the stories of the heart of the city. We want our next book – Home – to be written by you!

Tuesday, Feb 4 – Apr 1


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 4 – 6 

Fiction: Ring Around The Genres! (final week)

Is that a Cowmedy? A Westery? Or a Slapventure? In these workshops we’ll be exploring genre (and maybe even mixing a few together) as we search for the best way to tell a fantastic story. Join us if you’re interested in exploring different ways to tell a great short story.

Wednesday, Feb 5 – Apr 2


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

Beware: Reverse Time Capsule! (final week)

Can you picture a Sydney of the future? We’ve set ourselves the task of imagining Sydney in 2314 and, after “researching” the “facts” we’ll create a time capsule sent back to the present from 300 years in the future. It might contain stories, futuristic pop song lyrics, articles from the ether, fragments of pivotal speeches, architectural outlines – pretty much anything we might need to know about the people and places of Sydney, circa 2314.

Thursday, Feb 6 – Apr 3


3:30 – 4:30pm 
FREE |
For students grades 3 – 6 

It’s A Disaster! (week 1)

We need your help…to write a disastrous radio play – a play to be performed by professional actors at the Sydney Writers Festival! Over three weeks we’ll devise a disaster, write dialogue, plan sound effects and hear from radio play experts!
10am-12:30pm, students aged 8-15

Factory Talks! – with Romy Ash

We are thrilled to introduce our Factory Talks series. Once a month, an author will come by to talk about their work in a salon-style setting. You’ll be able to ask questions, and stay afterwards to discuss the book over wine and cheese with your fellow volunteers. Our favourite bookseller, Oscar & Friends, will be on hand so you can buy your own copy, and get the author to sign it too. The talks are free, and open to all volunteers and their friends.

RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. We look forward to seeing you there!

It’s A Disaster! (week 2)

We need your help…to write a disastrous radio play – a play to be performed by professional actors at the Sydney Writers Festival! Over three weeks we’ll devise a disaster, write dialogue, plan sound effects and hear from radio play experts!
10am-12:30pm, students aged 8-15

Shakespeare In Space – Booked Out

“Two alien species, both alike in dignity / In fair Venutia 6, where we lay our scene…”
It’s the greatest love story ever told, set in the farthest reaches of time and space. Come along and help us create incredible space races, scenes of sci-fi glory, and tell the tragic, fantastic tale of Rom-3-O and Jupiterette.
9:30am-12pm, students in grades 5-8

Fact, Place, Face

What would another person make of the objects you find important? In this workshop we’ll hand our valued bits and bobs to another character and see what becomes of them.

For High School students

The Home Project with NCIE – Booked Out

Students from the NCIE holiday group will come down to help us with the Home Project.

I Give It Five Stars! – Booked Out

Everybody has an opinion, and this is the chance to share yours. Bring in a book and Wendy Fitzgerald, one of our wonderful volunteers, will show you how to put together an unforgettable book review. Love it, hate it, want to throw it out the window; doesn’t matter, just bring the book and get reviewing.
1pm-3pm, students in grades 3-6

Flying Stories – Booked Out

We’ll be writing stories fit for flight in these workshops with students from Settlement Services International.

Flying Stories

Ever wondered if your stories could fly? At this workshop all participants will write a story based on the idea of Flight. With the help of Story Factory volunteers students will develop and draft a short story based on their interpretation of the theme. In the second half of the workshop students will build a kite and decorate it with the story they have written. If there’s enough time (and the weather is good) we’ll go to a local park and fly the kites.

It’s A Disaster! (final week)

We need your help…to write a disastrous radio play – a play to be performed by professional actors at the Sydney Writers Festival! Over three weeks we’ll devise a disaster, write dialogue, plan sound effects and hear from radio play experts!
10am-12:30pm, students aged 8-15

Engaging Disengaged Students with Catherine Nash

How do you engage disinterested students? What do you do when you’re pulling out your best material, and the kid in front of you is just yawning? Here’s your chance to unpack the reasons children withdraw from learning, and pick up some practical tips on how best to deal with that situation. Join us for an interactive workshop led by Catherine Nash, an SSF volunteer and a primary trained teacher who morphed into a writing specialist during her time in New York. She worked within a public charter school network training and coaching writing teachers, and has seen her fair share of hard-to-impress students.

1-2pm Tuesday 29th April and 6-7pm Wednesday 30th April, at the SSF. Free but book your place by emailing info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. Places are limited!

Engaging Disengaged Students with Catherine Nash

How do you engage disinterested students? What do you do when you’re pulling out your best material, and the kid in front of you is just yawning? Here’s your chance to unpack the reasons children withdraw from learning, and pick up some practical tips on how best to deal with that situation. Join us for an interactive workshop led by Catherine Nash, an SSF volunteer and a primary trained teacher who morphed into a writing specialist during her time in New York. She worked within a public charter school network training and coaching writing teachers, and has seen her fair share of hard-to-impress students.

1-2pm Tuesday 29th April and 6-7pm Wednesday 30th April, at the SSF. Free but book your place by emailing info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. Places are limited!

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Quarantine: Letters From The Hall (week 1) – Booked Out

Oh my gosh, your school has been quarantined! And did we mention mobile phones have stopped working? We’re not sure how this happened but for the next seven weeks your only communication with the outside world will be letters. In these workshops we’ll create the characters and write letters describing all the ups and downs of this strange never-ending sleep over.

3:30pm-4:30pm, students in grades 5-8

Radio With Pictures (Kool Kids week 1) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Radio With Pictures (The Factory week 1) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Welcome To Fear City! (week 1) – Booked Out

Meet Mister Ronald Tetraphobia and Eleanor Mottephobia! They’ll be your guides to Fear City, a place where all the residents have very particular phobias. Over the term students will create a map of the city, get to know their characters and write short stories about all the happenings in Fear City.
3:30-4:30pm, students in grades 3-7

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Quarantine: Letters From The Hall (week 2) – Booked Out

Oh my gosh, your school has been quarantined! And did we mention mobile phones have stopped working? We’re not sure how this happened but for the next seven weeks your only communication with the outside world will be letters. In these workshops we’ll create the characters and write letters describing all the ups and downs of this strange never-ending sleep over.

3:30pm-4:30pm, students in grades 5-8

Radio With Pictures (Kool Kids week 2) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Factory Talks – with Fiona McFarlane!

We are thrilled to introduce our Factory Talks series. Once a month, an author will come by to talk about their work in a salon-style setting. You’ll be able to ask questions, and stay afterwards to discuss the book over wine and cheese with your fellow volunteers. Our favourite bookseller, Oscar & Friends, will be on hand so you can buy your own copy, and get the author to sign it too. The talks are free, and open to all volunteers and their friends.

RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. We look forward to seeing you there!

Radio With Pictures (The Factory week 2) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Mook Club

May selection: We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

A small book club variation that focuses solely on books that have been turned into movies is bringing its meets to the Martian Embassy and you’re all invited! The idea is that you read the book during the month, then at the meet we all watch the film together and discuss both mediums. Past books have included Picnic At Hanging Rock, Where The Wild Things Are, Fight Club and more. Warning: copious snacks are consumed and excited exclamations and impromptu discussions are often made during the films. If you’d like to stay up to date with Mook Club happenings you can join the Facebook group.

Welcome To Fear City! (week 2) – Booked Out

Meet Mister Ronald Tetraphobia and Eleanor Mottephobia! They’ll be your guides to Fear City, a place where all the residents have very particular phobias. Over the term students will create a map of the city, get to know their characters and write short stories about all the happenings in Fear City.
3:30-4:30pm, students in grades 3-7

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Quarantine: Letters From The Hall (week 3) – Booked Out

Oh my gosh, your school has been quarantined! And did we mention mobile phones have stopped working? We’re not sure how this happened but for the next seven weeks your only communication with the outside world will be letters. In these workshops we’ll create the characters and write letters describing all the ups and downs of this strange never-ending sleep over.

3:30pm-4:30pm, students in grades 5-8

Radio With Pictures (Kool Kids week 3) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Radio With Pictures (The Factory week 3) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Welcome To Fear City! (week 3) – Booked Out

Meet Mister Ronald Tetraphobia and Eleanor Mottephobia! They’ll be your guides to Fear City, a place where all the residents have very particular phobias. Over the term students will create a map of the city, get to know their characters and write short stories about all the happenings in Fear City.
3:30-4:30pm, students in grades 3-7

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Exquisite Genre at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

Over four one-hour sessions participants will race against the clock to create a collection of collaborative genre stories. Each session will develop the scenarios created by previous groups and the complete stories will be posted on the Sydney Writers’ Festival blog for all to read. Sydney Story Factory tutors will guide young writers (10-14 years) through the perils of collaborative fiction and assist as they fill their stories with characters and calamities.

Quarantine: Letters From The Hall (week 4) – Booked Out

Oh my gosh, your school has been quarantined! And did we mention mobile phones have stopped working? We’re not sure how this happened but for the next seven weeks your only communication with the outside world will be letters. In these workshops we’ll create the characters and write letters describing all the ups and downs of this strange never-ending sleep over.

3:30pm-4:30pm, students in grades 5-8

Radio With Pictures (Kool Kids week 4) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Radio With Pictures (The Factory week 4) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Welcome To Fear City! (week 4) – Booked Out

Meet Mister Ronald Tetraphobia and Eleanor Mottephobia! They’ll be your guides to Fear City, a place where all the residents have very particular phobias. Over the term students will create a map of the city, get to know their characters and write short stories about all the happenings in Fear City.
3:30-4:30pm, students in grades 3-7

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Quarantine: Letters From The Hall (week 5) – Booked Out

Oh my gosh, your school has been quarantined! And did we mention mobile phones have stopped working? We’re not sure how this happened but for the next seven weeks your only communication with the outside world will be letters. In these workshops we’ll create the characters and write letters describing all the ups and downs of this strange never-ending sleep over.

3:30pm-4:30pm, students in grades 5-8

Radio With Pictures (Kool Kids week 5) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Radio With Pictures (The Factory week 5) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Welcome To Fear City! (week 5) – Booked Out

Meet Mister Ronald Tetraphobia and Eleanor Mottephobia! They’ll be your guides to Fear City, a place where all the residents have very particular phobias. Over the term students will create a map of the city, get to know their characters and write short stories about all the happenings in Fear City.
3:30-4:30pm, students in grades 3-7

Quarantine: Letters From The Hall (week 6) – Booked Out

Oh my gosh, your school has been quarantined! And did we mention mobile phones have stopped working? We’re not sure how this happened but for the next seven weeks your only communication with the outside world will be letters. In these workshops we’ll create the characters and write letters describing all the ups and downs of this strange never-ending sleep over.

3:30pm-4:30pm, students in grades 5-8

Radio With Pictures (Kool Kids week 6) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Radio With Pictures (The Factory week 6) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Welcome To Fear City! (week 6) – Booked Out

Meet Mister Ronald Tetraphobia and Eleanor Mottephobia! They’ll be your guides to Fear City, a place where all the residents have very particular phobias. Over the term students will create a map of the city, get to know their characters and write short stories about all the happenings in Fear City.
3:30-4:30pm, students in grades 3-7

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Professional Learning Workshop – Literacy

Many of our students have low literacy levels: how best can we help them write? Catherine Nash tackles this question by helping us think outside the box. She will show you how to use different ideas and media, with the aim of making sure every child has a successful session and creates something to be proud of. She will also talk about amending tasks to suit each child’s literacy level, and allowing yourself as a tutor to become a facilitator or partner. It will be as hands-on and useful as Catherine’s previous sessions. Highly recommended.

Quarantine: Letters From The Hall (final week) – Booked Out

Oh my gosh, your school has been quarantined! And did we mention mobile phones have stopped working? We’re not sure how this happened but for the next seven weeks your only communication with the outside world will be letters. In these workshops we’ll create the characters and write letters describing all the ups and downs of this strange never-ending sleep over.

3:30pm-4:30pm, students in grades 5-8

Radio With Pictures (Kool Kids week 7) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Factory Talks – with Michael Robotham!

We are thrilled to introduce our Factory Talks series. Once a month, an author will come by to talk about their work in a salon-style setting. You’ll be able to ask questions, and stay afterwards to discuss the book over wine and cheese with your fellow volunteers. Our favourite bookseller, Oscar & Friends, will be on hand so you can buy your own copy, and get the author to sign it too. The talks are free, and open to all volunteers and their friends.

RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. We look forward to seeing you there!

Radio With Pictures (The Factory week 7) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Mook Club

June selection: Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs.

A small book club variation that focuses solely on books that have been turned into movies is bringing its meets to the Martian Embassy and you’re all invited! The idea is that you read the book during the month, then at the meet we all watch the film together and discuss both mediums. Past books have included Picnic At Hanging Rock, Where The Wild Things Are, Fight Club and more. Warning: copious snacks are consumed and excited exclamations and impromptu discussions are often made during the films. If you’d like to stay up to date with Mook Club happenings you can join the Facebook group.

Welcome To Fear City! (final week) – Booked Out

Meet Mister Ronald Tetraphobia and Eleanor Mottephobia! They’ll be your guides to Fear City, a place where all the residents have very particular phobias. Over the term students will create a map of the city, get to know their characters and write short stories about all the happenings in Fear City.
3:30-4:30pm, students in grades 3-7

Professional Learning Workshop – Literacy

Many of our students have low literacy levels: how best can we help them write? Catherine Nash tackles this question by helping us think outside the box. She will show you how to use different ideas and media, with the aim of making sure every child has a successful session and creates something to be proud of. She will also talk about amending tasks to suit each child’s literacy level, and allowing yourself as a tutor to become a facilitator or partner. It will be as hands-on and useful as Catherine’s previous sessions. Highly recommended.

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures (Kool Kids final week) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Radio With Pictures (The Factory final week) – Booked Out

Over the next six months we’ll be working with various primary and high-school groups on Radio with Pictures. With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group will create a series of animated stories to be shown at a screening later in the year.

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

For The Love Of Puppets!

We love puppets! Seriously, puppets complete us! Join our crafty puppeteers for a ridiculously fun workshop. We’ll design our very own puppets, fill their felty lives with stories and perform the stories on a mini stage.

For students in grades 3-6

Genre Jumping – At The Library

We’re heading to Surry Hills to do a special workshop! Race against the clock to create a collection of collaborative genre stories. The session will begin with a group scenario and students will continue the story, adding characters and calamities to create their own ending.
**Bookings must be made via the City Of Sydney website:www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/explore/libraries/programs-and-events

For students aged 10 – 16

THIS WORKSHOP IS BEING RUN AT THE SURRY HILLS LIBRARY: 405 Crown St, Surry Hills

Book Of Beards

Roald Dahl writes, “When a man grows hair all over his face it is impossible to tell what he really looks like. Perhaps that’s why he does it. He’d rather you didn’t know.” In this workshop we’ll create a book of bearded characters and discover what they’re hiding – pet worms, breakfast or doorways to other dimensions?

For students in grades 3-6

I Give It Five Stars! Part 2

Everybody has an opinion, and this is the chance to share yours. Bring in a book and Wendy Fitzgerald, one of our wonderful volunteers, will show you how to put together an unforgettable book review. Love it, hate it, want to throw it out the window; doesn’t matter, just bring the book and get reviewing.

For students in grades 3-6

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

NAIDOC Week

It’s NAIDOC Week and we’re excited and honoured to have been asked to host a stall in Hyde Park for the celebrations! We’ll be running our classic Story For A Story – we want to hear your stories of growing up in or visiting the area, and in return we’ll give you a book! Look out for our banner and come and say hi, we’d love to meet you and hear your tales.

Factory Talks – with Maxine Beneba Clarke!

We are thrilled to introduce our Factory Talks series. Once a month, an author will come by to talk about their work in a salon-style setting. You’ll be able to ask questions, and stay afterwards to discuss the book over wine and cheese with your fellow volunteers. Our favourite bookseller, Oscar & Friends, will be on hand so you can buy your own copy, and get the author to sign it too. The talks are free, and open to all volunteers and their friends.

RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. We look forward to seeing you there!

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Mook Club

July selection: The Soloist by Steve Lopez.

A small book club variation that focuses solely on books that have been turned into movies is bringing its meets to the Martian Embassy and you’re all invited! The idea is that you read the book during the month, then at the meet we all watch the film together and discuss both mediums. Past books have included Picnic At Hanging Rock, Where The Wild Things Are, Fight Club and more. Warning: copious snacks are consumed and excited exclamations and impromptu discussions are often made during the films. If you’d like to stay up to date with Mook Club happenings you can join the Facebook group.

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures with NCIE (week 1) – Booked Out

With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group of students will create a series of animated stories…and we’ll be collecting the stories for a screening later in the year. Details of the screening to come, but we’re pretty excited already!
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Diabolical Dialogue (week 1)

HE SAID, SHE ASKED, IT GROWLED!
You’ve got a great plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting, some fabulous characters…but what do they say to each other?! Are they funny? Haughty? Irritating? How do you give their conversations a bit of spark? This script writing workshop will offer students the secrets of writing great dialogue.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 5-7

Lions and Clowns and Octopi – Oh My! (week 1) – Booked Out

All you scurvy dogs prepare to enter the Big Top! We’ll write a travel journal, but not as you know it; part circus itinerary, part Captain’s log book. Prepare to adopt the identities of infamous circus performers and pirate Captains as we explore the world of the travelling circus and dive into life at sea.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

The Big Weird Story Challenge (week 1) – Booked Out

Pretty simple, this is the workshop for all those people who “just want to write a story”. We’ll be creating a world and filling it with amazing characters, mind-bending events and unforgettable endings. Come along, bring your best tales and prepare to write until your fingers ache! Oh the joy of achy fingers…
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3 and above

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures with NCIE (week 2) – Booked Out

With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group of students will create a series of animated stories…and we’ll be collecting the stories for a screening later in the year. Details of the screening to come, but we’re pretty excited already!
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Diabolical Dialogue (week 2)

HE SAID, SHE ASKED, IT GROWLED!
You’ve got a great plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting, some fabulous characters…but what do they say to each other?! Are they funny? Haughty? Irritating? How do you give their conversations a bit of spark? This script writing workshop will offer students the secrets of writing great dialogue.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 5-7

Lions and Clowns and Octopi – Oh My! (week 2) – Booked Out

All you scurvy dogs prepare to enter the Big Top! We’ll write a travel journal, but not as you know it; part circus itinerary, part Captain’s log book. Prepare to adopt the identities of infamous circus performers and pirate Captains as we explore the world of the travelling circus and dive into life at sea.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

The Big Weird Story Challenge (week 2) – Booked Out

Pretty simple, this is the workshop for all those people who “just want to write a story”. We’ll be creating a world and filling it with amazing characters, mind-bending events and unforgettable endings. Come along, bring your best tales and prepare to write until your fingers ache! Oh the joy of achy fingers…
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3 and above

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures with NCIE (week 3) – Booked Out

With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group of students will create a series of animated stories…and we’ll be collecting the stories for a screening later in the year. Details of the screening to come, but we’re pretty excited already!
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Diabolical Dialogue (week 3)

HE SAID, SHE ASKED, IT GROWLED!
You’ve got a great plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting, some fabulous characters…but what do they say to each other?! Are they funny? Haughty? Irritating? How do you give their conversations a bit of spark? This script writing workshop will offer students the secrets of writing great dialogue.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 5-7

Factory Talks – with Omar Musa!

We are thrilled to introduce our Factory Talks series. Once a month, an author will come by to talk about their work in a salon-style setting. You’ll be able to ask questions, and stay afterwards to discuss the book over wine and cheese with your fellow volunteers. Our favourite bookseller, Oscar & Friends, will be on hand so you can buy your own copy, and get the author to sign it too. The talks are free, and open to all volunteers and their friends.

RSVP to info@sydneystoryfactory.org.au. We look forward to seeing you there!

Lions and Clowns and Octopi – Oh My! (week 3) – Booked Out

All you scurvy dogs prepare to enter the Big Top! We’ll write a travel journal, but not as you know it; part circus itinerary, part Captain’s log book. Prepare to adopt the identities of infamous circus performers and pirate Captains as we explore the world of the travelling circus and dive into life at sea.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

The Big Weird Story Challenge (week 3) – Booked Out

Pretty simple, this is the workshop for all those people who “just want to write a story”. We’ll be creating a world and filling it with amazing characters, mind-bending events and unforgettable endings. Come along, bring your best tales and prepare to write until your fingers ache! Oh the joy of achy fingers…
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3 and above

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures with NCIE (week 4) – Booked Out

With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group of students will create a series of animated stories…and we’ll be collecting the stories for a screening later in the year. Details of the screening to come, but we’re pretty excited already!
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Diabolical Dialogue (week 4)

HE SAID, SHE ASKED, IT GROWLED!
You’ve got a great plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting, some fabulous characters…but what do they say to each other?! Are they funny? Haughty? Irritating? How do you give their conversations a bit of spark? This script writing workshop will offer students the secrets of writing great dialogue.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 5-7

Lions and Clowns and Octopi – Oh My! (week 4) – Booked Out

All you scurvy dogs prepare to enter the Big Top! We’ll write a travel journal, but not as you know it; part circus itinerary, part Captain’s log book. Prepare to adopt the identities of infamous circus performers and pirate Captains as we explore the world of the travelling circus and dive into life at sea.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Mook Club

August selection: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

A small book club variation that focuses solely on books that have been turned into movies is bringing its meets to the Martian Embassy and you’re all invited! The idea is that you read the book during the month, then at the meet we all watch the film together and discuss both mediums. Past books have included Picnic At Hanging Rock, Where The Wild Things Are, Fight Club and more. Warning: copious snacks are consumed and excited exclamations and impromptu discussions are often made during the films. If you’d like to stay up to date with Mook Club happenings you can join the Facebook group.

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

The Big Weird Story Challenge (week 4) – Booked Out

Pretty simple, this is the workshop for all those people who “just want to write a story”. We’ll be creating a world and filling it with amazing characters, mind-bending events and unforgettable endings. Come along, bring your best tales and prepare to write until your fingers ache! Oh the joy of achy fingers…
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3 and above

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures with NCIE (week 5) – Booked Out

With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group of students will create a series of animated stories…and we’ll be collecting the stories for a screening later in the year. Details of the screening to come, but we’re pretty excited already!
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Diabolical Dialogue (week 5)

HE SAID, SHE ASKED, IT GROWLED!
You’ve got a great plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting, some fabulous characters…but what do they say to each other?! Are they funny? Haughty? Irritating? How do you give their conversations a bit of spark? This script writing workshop will offer students the secrets of writing great dialogue.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 5-7

Lions and Clowns and Octopi – Oh My! (week 5) – Booked Out

All you scurvy dogs prepare to enter the Big Top! We’ll write a travel journal, but not as you know it; part circus itinerary, part Captain’s log book. Prepare to adopt the identities of infamous circus performers and pirate Captains as we explore the world of the travelling circus and dive into life at sea.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

The Big Weird Story Challenge (week 5) – Booked Out

Pretty simple, this is the workshop for all those people who “just want to write a story”. We’ll be creating a world and filling it with amazing characters, mind-bending events and unforgettable endings. Come along, bring your best tales and prepare to write until your fingers ache! Oh the joy of achy fingers…
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3 and above

Free Writers Guild

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures with NCIE (week 6) – Booked Out

With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group of students will create a series of animated stories…and we’ll be collecting the stories for a screening later in the year. Details of the screening to come, but we’re pretty excited already!
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Diabolical Dialogue (week 6)

HE SAID, SHE ASKED, IT GROWLED!
You’ve got a great plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting, some fabulous characters…but what do they say to each other?! Are they funny? Haughty? Irritating? How do you give their conversations a bit of spark? This script writing workshop will offer students the secrets of writing great dialogue.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 5-7

Lions and Clowns and Octopi – Oh My! (week 6) – Booked Out

All you scurvy dogs prepare to enter the Big Top! We’ll write a travel journal, but not as you know it; part circus itinerary, part Captain’s log book. Prepare to adopt the identities of infamous circus performers and pirate Captains as we explore the world of the travelling circus and dive into life at sea.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

The Big Weird Story Challenge (week 6) – Booked Out

Pretty simple, this is the workshop for all those people who “just want to write a story”. We’ll be creating a world and filling it with amazing characters, mind-bending events and unforgettable endings. Come along, bring your best tales and prepare to write until your fingers ache! Oh the joy of achy fingers…
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3 and above

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures with NCIE (week 7) – Booked Out

With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group of students will create a series of animated stories…and we’ll be collecting the stories for a screening later in the year. Details of the screening to come, but we’re pretty excited already!
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Diabolical Dialogue (week 7)

HE SAID, SHE ASKED, IT GROWLED!
You’ve got a great plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting, some fabulous characters…but what do they say to each other?! Are they funny? Haughty? Irritating? How do you give their conversations a bit of spark? This script writing workshop will offer students the secrets of writing great dialogue.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 5-7

Lions and Clowns and Octopi – Oh My! (week 7) – Booked Out

All you scurvy dogs prepare to enter the Big Top! We’ll write a travel journal, but not as you know it; part circus itinerary, part Captain’s log book. Prepare to adopt the identities of infamous circus performers and pirate Captains as we explore the world of the travelling circus and dive into life at sea.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

The Big Weird Story Challenge (week 7) – Booked Out

Pretty simple, this is the workshop for all those people who “just want to write a story”. We’ll be creating a world and filling it with amazing characters, mind-bending events and unforgettable endings. Come along, bring your best tales and prepare to write until your fingers ache! Oh the joy of achy fingers…
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3 and above

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Radio With Pictures with NCIE (final week) – Booked Out

With the help of artists, audio folk and awesome tutors, each group of students will create a series of animated stories…and we’ll be collecting the stories for a screening later in the year. Details of the screening to come, but we’re pretty excited already!
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

Diabolical Dialogue (final week)

HE SAID, SHE ASKED, IT GROWLED!
You’ve got a great plot, wonderful descriptions of the setting, some fabulous characters…but what do they say to each other?! Are they funny? Haughty? Irritating? How do you give their conversations a bit of spark? This script writing workshop will offer students the secrets of writing great dialogue.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 5-7

Lions and Clowns and Octopi – Oh My! (final week) – Booked Out

All you scurvy dogs prepare to enter the Big Top! We’ll write a travel journal, but not as you know it; part circus itinerary, part Captain’s log book. Prepare to adopt the identities of infamous circus performers and pirate Captains as we explore the world of the travelling circus and dive into life at sea.
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-6

The Big Weird Story Challenge (final week) – Booked Out

Pretty simple, this is the workshop for all those people who “just want to write a story”. We’ll be creating a world and filling it with amazing characters, mind-bending events and unforgettable endings. Come along, bring your best tales and prepare to write until your fingers ache! Oh the joy of achy fingers…
3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3 and above

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Pet Quest

with Kate Boyle

Imagine you are a dog, cat, guinea pig or even a goldfish – you’re a member of the coolest family in the coolest street. You are their treasured pet, and you wake up one morning to find them gone! There’s only one thing to do – find them, and you’ll do whatever it takes! We’ll help intrepid pets find their families, and unravel the mystery as to why they were abandoned in the first place!

10am – 12pm * For students in grades 3 – 6

Book Of Beards

with Helen McNeill

Roald Dahl writes, “When a man grows hair all over his face it is impossible to tell what he really looks like. Perhaps that’s why he does it. He’d rather you didn’t know.” In this hairy workshop we’ll create a book of our own bearded characters and discover what they’re hiding within their bristles – pet worms, a second breakfast, or doorways to other dimensions?

10am – 12pm * For students grades 3 – 8

Plan Bee – A Day In The Life Of A Bee

with Aunty Uma

You won’t have to bee careful – this is a no stings attached writing workshop!
So buzz in to see, learn how to bee!
Don’t bee alone, bee a drone!
Bee cool out of school!
Give me five in the hive!
Royal jelly is better than telly!
Bee keen join the Queen!
And try some honey, it’s really really yummy.

1pm – 3pm * For students grades 3 – 7

Martian Catalogue

with Nina Cullen

What do Martians eat for breakfast, wash themselves with or wear to school? Help us create the Martian Catalogue; a crazy and comprehensive guide to all of Mars’ latest products and prices. Promoting inter-planetary understanding, the catalogue is also the go-to guide for any traveller who wants to snap up a Martian bargain.

10am – 12pm * For students in grades 3 – 6

Lost Islands

with Dorothy-Jane Daniels

Have you heard of the Lost Islands? Islands that mysteriously appear off the coast…then just as mysteriously disappear. Well we’re the lucky holders of a few choice artefacts and half destroyed maps; we need you to add the details. Help us fill in the blanks and write the stories of these marvellously strange islands.

1pm – 3pm * For students in grades 3 – 6

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention Year 12 who are working on creative writing around Belonging!
Attention all readers and writers Year 4-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Lost The Plot – with Emma MacTaggart

You read your first draft and you know there is something missing, but you can’t put your finger on it. Does that sound familiar? Story telling forever has been based around seven plots and understanding how each of them ‘work’ will give you a framework for success!

10am – 12pm * For students grades 3 – 8

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Verse The Verse (week 1)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-8

Great Moments In Art History (week 1)

We’re all for the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this workshop we’ll do our best to find all one thousand of those elusive words. Students will explore a fantastic collection of unusual, thought-provoking  artworks and investigate the stories within and behind the pictures.

Creatures From Erth (week 1)

We’re beside ourselves with excitement about this workshop! The amazing puppeteers from Erth will visit with with a collection of their fantastic puppet creations. There’ll be sea creatures, drop bears and other unusual beasts. Our job is to create a fictional documentary and encyclopaedia about these wonderful creatures.

Start Your Story With A BOOM! (week 1)

…And then head to the editing room. During this workshop students will pitch their great ideas to a team of editors who will help turn your ideas into fantastic tales. Expect some real life word-wrestling and metaphor-muscling as you learn the secrets of ninja-precise editing in this workshop.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Verse The Verse (week 2)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-8

Great Moments In Art History (week 2)

We’re all for the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this workshop we’ll do our best to find all one thousand of those elusive words. Students will explore a fantastic collection of unusual, thought-provoking  artworks and investigate the stories within and behind the pictures.

Creatures From Erth (week 2)

We’re beside ourselves with excitement about this workshop! The amazing puppeteers from Erth will visit with with a collection of their fantastic puppet creations. There’ll be sea creatures, drop bears and other unusual beasts. Our job is to create a fictional documentary and encyclopaedia about these wonderful creatures.

Start Your Story With A BOOM! (week 2)

…And then head to the editing room. During this workshop students will pitch their great ideas to a team of editors who will help turn your ideas into fantastic tales. Expect some real life word-wrestling and metaphor-muscling as you learn the secrets of ninja-precise editing in this workshop.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Verse The Verse (week 3)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-8

Great Moments In Art History (week 3)

We’re all for the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this workshop we’ll do our best to find all one thousand of those elusive words. Students will explore a fantastic collection of unusual, thought-provoking  artworks and investigate the stories within and behind the pictures.

Creatures From Erth (week 3)

We’re beside ourselves with excitement about this workshop! The amazing puppeteers from Erth will visit with with a collection of their fantastic puppet creations. There’ll be sea creatures, drop bears and other unusual beasts. Our job is to create a fictional documentary and encyclopaedia about these wonderful creatures.

Start Your Story With A BOOM! (week 3)

…And then head to the editing room. During this workshop students will pitch their great ideas to a team of editors who will help turn your ideas into fantastic tales. Expect some real life word-wrestling and metaphor-muscling as you learn the secrets of ninja-precise editing in this workshop.

Volunteer interview and orientation

Before tutoring at the Sydney Story Factory, all volunteers need to be interviewed and attend an orientation session. The interviews take approximately 15 minutes and you’ll be given a slot between 9am and noon. Then you can come to training between 12.30-3pm, where we run through how tutoring works and give you some tips on how to do it.
To sign up for the session today or another day soon, click here.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Verse The Verse (week 4)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-8

Great Moments In Art History (week 4)

We’re all for the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this workshop we’ll do our best to find all one thousand of those elusive words. Students will explore a fantastic collection of unusual, thought-provoking  artworks and investigate the stories within and behind the pictures.

Creatures From Erth (week 4)

We’re beside ourselves with excitement about this workshop! The amazing puppeteers from Erth will visit with with a collection of their fantastic puppet creations. There’ll be sea creatures, drop bears and other unusual beasts. Our job is to create a fictional documentary and encyclopaedia about these wonderful creatures.

Start Your Story With A BOOM! (week 4)

…And then head to the editing room. During this workshop students will pitch their great ideas to a team of editors who will help turn your ideas into fantastic tales. Expect some real life word-wrestling and metaphor-muscling as you learn the secrets of ninja-precise editing in this workshop.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Verse The Verse (week 5)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-8

Great Moments In Art History (week 5)

We’re all for the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this workshop we’ll do our best to find all one thousand of those elusive words. Students will explore a fantastic collection of unusual, thought-provoking  artworks and investigate the stories within and behind the pictures.

Creatures From Erth (week 5)

We’re beside ourselves with excitement about this workshop! The amazing puppeteers from Erth will visit with with a collection of their fantastic puppet creations. There’ll be sea creatures, drop bears and other unusual beasts. Our job is to create a fictional documentary and encyclopaedia about these wonderful creatures.

Start Your Story With A BOOM! (week 5)

…And then head to the editing room. During this workshop students will pitch their great ideas to a team of editors who will help turn your ideas into fantastic tales. Expect some real life word-wrestling and metaphor-muscling as you learn the secrets of ninja-precise editing in this workshop.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Verse The Verse (week 6)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-8

Great Moments In Art History (week 6)

We’re all for the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this workshop we’ll do our best to find all one thousand of those elusive words. Students will explore a fantastic collection of unusual, thought-provoking  artworks and investigate the stories within and behind the pictures.

Creatures From Erth (week 6)

We’re beside ourselves with excitement about this workshop! The amazing puppeteers from Erth will visit with with a collection of their fantastic puppet creations. There’ll be sea creatures, drop bears and other unusual beasts. Our job is to create a fictional documentary and encyclopaedia about these wonderful creatures.

Start Your Story With A BOOM! (week 6)

…And then head to the editing room. During this workshop students will pitch their great ideas to a team of editors who will help turn your ideas into fantastic tales. Expect some real life word-wrestling and metaphor-muscling as you learn the secrets of ninja-precise editing in this workshop.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.

Verse The Verse (final week)

So you can’t write poetry? Don’t believe it! We bet you can, to prove it we’re inviting you to contribute a poem or four to our first poetry chapbook. We’re looking for everything from narrative poems to…you know those poems that are shaped like donkeys and trees…hmmmm…concrete poems! Rhymes optional.

3:30pm-4:30pm * Grades 3-8

Great Moments In Art History (final week)

We’re all for the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words and in this workshop we’ll do our best to find all one thousand of those elusive words. Students will explore a fantastic collection of unusual, thought-provoking  artworks and investigate the stories within and behind the pictures.

Creatures From Erth (final week)

We’re beside ourselves with excitement about this workshop! The amazing puppeteers from Erth will visit with with a collection of their fantastic puppet creations. There’ll be sea creatures, drop bears and other unusual beasts. Our job is to create a fictional documentary and encyclopaedia about these wonderful creatures.

Start Your Story With A BOOM! (final week)

…And then head to the editing room. During this workshop students will pitch their great ideas to a team of editors who will help turn your ideas into fantastic tales. Expect some real life word-wrestling and metaphor-muscling as you learn the secrets of ninja-precise editing in this workshop.

Free Writers Guild – Booked out

Attention all readers and writers Year 3-12!
Sundays at SSF the FWG ( Free Writers Guild) meet between 10 and 12 noon to write.
Some of us have an idea and work on a long piece over a month, others work with a trigger to complete a story, poem, or dramatic monologue over a few weeks.
Your first readers; our dedicated tutors will help you develop and refine your work and share their extensive writing tools.