The Sydney Story Factory is a place for children to develop their love of words. It’s a not-for-profit creative writing centre, where children get free help to write stories of all kinds. Programs are targeted at disadvantaged children, particularly those from indigenous and non-English speaking backgrounds, but are open to all. Their aim is to kindle the spark of creativity in every child.
The Sydney Story Factory is inspired by novelist Dave Eggers’s hugely successful 826 Valencia in the US. In 2002, Eggers opened a tutoring centre attached to his publishing company in San Francisco. To comply with zoning laws, the centre also had to sell something, so it included a Pirate Supply Store, stocking everything the working buccaneer needs: peg legs, wooden planks, eye patches.