Imagine if you didn’t have the writing skills and confidence necessary to do essential things like do well at school or successfully apply for a job. There are thousands of young people across Western Sydney for whom this is the reality. Will you help us turn things around for them, starting now?
In late May we're opening an exciting new creative writing centre in Parramatta. We need your help! Get involved and let's launch Sydney Story Factory Parramatta with a bang, and start opening up the future for thousands of Western Sydney young people.
Want to transform the life of a child or teenager by helping them discover the joy of writing? We're looking for new volunteers, especially for workshops in Western Sydney! Register now for information days in both Sydney and Parramatta coming up soon.
Teachers who have taken part in our NESA-endorsed professional development workshops tell us that they're implementing what they learned straight away and are seeing real improvements in the creative writing abilities of their students. That's awesome!
At the beginning of the year a group of brave young writers embarked on the Year of the Novella 2017. Their goal was to produce not just a fistful of poems, or a story, or a script but a fully realised novella. And they aced it!
In 2016-17 over 3,300 students wrote up a storm in our creative writing workshops. That includes 416 young people we got to know by setting up residencies in their schools, and the seven awesome teens from Youth Off The Streets who wrote protest poems that impressed our socks off. It was an amazing year!
It's official. State of Mind, the book, is now launched! In Term 4 we've wrapped up what's been an absolutely amazing two year project with return visits to regional NSW and a big fat launch party in Fairfield. There were 6-word selfies. And doughnuts.
To start Term 4 we were invited to take part in a fantastic project in Mt Druitt, with students from Willmot Public School and Chifley College. The high school students became tutors for the primary school students - and the results were amazing.
In 2016 we travelled 3,000 kilometres to run writing workshops with 800+ teenage in 35 schools across New South Wales. And now.. the book! State of Mind is a simply awesome collection of poems, stories and memoirs from teens from all walks of life. Buy yours now!