Tags: Catherine Keenan, children, Literacy, Sydney Story Factory Launch, Tim Dick
The Sydney Story Factory is an inspiring not-for-profit project to encourage in children a love of words, especially those aged 7-17 who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. It has come to existence because of the passion of two Sydney Morning Herald journalists – Catherine Keenan and Tim Dick. Based on Dave Eggers’s children’s writing centre in San Francisco, 826 Valencia, it already had a happy clone set up in London by Nick Hornby. You can read more about the Sydney Story Factory and the London and San Francisco efforts here and the article in the SMH about the launch published today.
I’ve been behind this project since I first heard about the call-out for people to get involved. The turnout to the first volunteers meeting was huge. Many more people came than I believe they expected and it wasn’t just ‘standing room only’, it was ‘sit, stand, squat, or just listen without being able to see’. And still people stayed to hear more and fill out the volunteer form.