I’ve joined the Sydney Story Factory’s Pen to Paper Challenge because I remember how, as a child, the world grew so much bigger every time I opened a book or heard someone say “once upon a time”. I remember making sense of the world through story, and making sense of myself through language. It felt (and continues to feel) like a necessary magic.
The Sydney Story Factory gives marginalised young people the opportunity to experience this necessary magic through amazing programs in creative writing and storytelling. And they do it all from Redfern, Sydney, in their headquarters that also double as a Martian Embassy. This space delights kids. In it, they’re luminous with joy and possibility.
Writing is generally a solitary task, but the Sydney Story Factory reminds me of the way communities can nourish writers. So I’ll spend the month of September writing a new short story, knowing that I’m part of a community of writers and readers of all ages. Everyone who sponsors me for the month will be supporting the kids who step into the Martian Embassy and find their world expanding.
Please help me support the Sydney Story Factory by giving whatever you can by using the ‘Give Now’ button.