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Sydney Story Factory

Sydney Story Factory

The Sydney Story Factory is a not-for-profit creative writing centre for young people based in Redfern, Sydney. SSF believes that all Australian young people, no matter their background, should be given opportunities to develop the communication skills and flexibility of thinking that will allow them to live their lives to their full potential and flourish in a rapidly changing world.

Programs are for young people aged 7 to 17, in primary and high school, and are designed by creative writing and literacy experts to:

  • improve young people's written and oral communication skills; 
  • enhance self-confidence and self-efficacy; 
  • nurture creativity and empathy; and 
  • deepen engagement with learning.

All Sydney Story Factory programs are designed by their expert storytelling team to develop young people's writing and communication skills and enhance their creativity. They maximise this impact by using the large corps of trained volunteer tutors to give young people the one-on-one attention that even the best teachers struggle to provide. 

In 2012, the Balnaves Foundation funded a joint program between SSF and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. The 6-week program saw 20 marginalised primary students produce their very own stop motion animated films. Their films were screened in the National Centre for Creative Learning at the MCA for an audience of family and friends.

In 2017-2018, the Balnaves Foundation will be the sole supporter of the program: Unmapping: Charting new paths to creativity is an extended workshop experience for 160 primary and secondary students to develop creative stories with artists and writers as mentors. Artists will lead art workshops supported by experienced MCA Artist Educators at the MCA and storytelling workshops will be led by SSF workshop leaders and assisted by volunteers at the SSF.

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