For Schools and Community

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These story workshops for schools and community will get creative juices flowing and foster a love of reading and writing. Our focus is on working with young writers and schools from culturally and linguistically diverse and marginalised backgrounds, but we also provide fee-based workshops.

School Workshops

Our school workshops cover a range of narrative storytelling devices, strategies and concepts, each with connections to the Australian Curriculum. They are designed to develop understandings of core elements of narrative process and craft through fun and engaging activities.

Cost: $6/student. Minimum workshop cost $150. Teachers and accompanying adults free. Costs waived for schools with ICSEA values 1000 and below.
Length: 2 hours
Grades: Tailored to suit class level and abilities. See individual workshops for recommended grades. Workshops are adaptable for Prep-Grade 1 students, but please call to discuss.
When: Up to 2 workshops per day during school terms. Other times available on request.
Where: 100 Story Building, 92 Nicholson St, Footscray 3011

Maximum 32 students/workshop.

 

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100 Stories Down

Recommended for Prep – Grade 6

100 Story Building might not be the tallest building in the southern hemisphere, but it sure is the deepest. There are 99 stories below our writing workshop, accessible by a very old and creaky trapdoor. But not all of the floors have been explored. Use your illustration and imagination skills to create settings and ideas to propel your creative writing 100 stories down!

Students create illustrated plans and dioramas using world design, collaborative storytelling and inferring.

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Comic-BOOM!

Recommended for Grades 3–9

Here at 100 Story Building, we are an undecided lot. We just can’t decide which story bits we like better – words or pictures. Luckily for us, some smart cookie went and created a storytelling format that puts the two together. Comics! We love ‘em, and we would like to share ‘em, particularly the making of ‘em.

Students conceptualise and plan a story in comic form, exploring the conventions of storytelling and the fundamentals of professional book-making processes.

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Space Write

Recommended for Grades 3–9

Did you know that 100 Story Building hosts its very own galaxy? We’re offering you an exclusive opportunity to not only discover and name your own planet in our galaxy, but also a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pilot a craft to this new world, send out a rover to uncover the terrain, and create your very own replica planet for further study back on the skydeck, or from the comfort of your own home. Your comprehensive studies of landform, lifeform characteristics and planetary properties will help us better understand our place in the stars!

Students explore world design, character development and decision-making.

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A Perilous Quest

Recommended for Grades 5–9

Some days, a mere 100 Story Building is just not enough for a class full of creative heroes. That’s when we like to go on a quest – a journey fraught with obstacles and, sometimes, a little bit of danger. Don’t worry though, we allow all heroes to embark on their quests with a Hero’s Backpack, filled with objects that may prove useful in a tricky spot. Create a map of a strange land, profile your hero and their nemesis, fill your hero’s Backpack, then make a start on an adventure story!

Students explore world design, character development and decision-making.

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In Your School/Community

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Looking to open the doors of your classroom to support your students’ literacy, creative confidence and belonging? Need some help with resources, planning and delivery? Would you like to run creative workshops to engage children and young people, but not sure where to start? We co-create workshops and projects with schools, children’s and youth services and festivals that support children and young people to stretch their imaginations, take creative risks and spark their love for learning.

Cost: Varies depending on outcomes and duration.
Length: Workshops range from 1 hour to full day sessions. Programs range from 2 days to term-long, multi-year projects.
Ages: 6-18 years

In 2016 our collaborations included:

  • Opening Up the Trapdoor, a teacher development project with Footscray North Primary School and St John’s School Footscray in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council and DET Best Start.
  • Teacher professional learning projects with Heatherhill Primary School and Laverton P-12 College
  • Interactive storytelling installations for MPavilion, Communities for Children Hume, Darebin City Council, Big West Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Think West and Footscray Pop-Up School
  • Family Story Day with Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and Story Peddlers
  • Urban Safari with Foundation House

We also work with literacy leaders and teachers to plan programs that support your student’s needs. Call Lachlann on 9044 8215 for a chat!

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Opening Up the Trapdoor

Recommended for Prep – Grade 2

This collaborative professional development project for early years teachers in the City of Maribyrnong supports them to embed creative approaches in to their literacy program. Outcomes of the 2015 project at Footscray West Primary School and St Monica’s Primary School showed:

  • Teachers developed new skills in literacy teaching and confidence in using creative approaches
  • Most students showed evidence of deeper engagement in literacy and progressed at their own level
  • Teachers embedded new approaches in to future narrative units

Schools within the municipality are invited to express their interest in this project to commence June 2016.

Contact Lachlann on 9044 8215.

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Early Harvest

Recommended for Grades 3-8

30 January – 30 June 2017

We’re supporting schools to integrate this publishing project for 10-12 year olds in to narrative unit for 2017. Give your class the opportunity to write, edit and submit work for publication in issue 6 of early harvest!

This year’s participating schools include: Albion Primary School, Sunshine College, Sunshine Heights Primary School, Mother of God Ardeer Primary School, St Monica’s Primary School, Catholic Regional College St Albans, Deer Park North Primary School, Christ the King Braybrook Primary School, St Albans Heights Primary School, Holy Eucharist Primary School and St Theresa’s Primary School.

Stay tuned for editorial applications and workshop details. Click here to find out more about early harvest.

 

Special Collaborations

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Literary Underground

Recommended for EAL students and teachers

Cost: FREE

Dates: Flexible, 20 workshops available.

A literary engagement project working with EAL students to design their own pathway to creative language learning. Students will experience a wide and varied range of story-making disciplines delivered by professional artists, and be supported to identify which areas would be exciting to further explore their own English language development. Taster workshops will include graphic novels, slam poetry, audio recorded drama, board game design, etc. Students and teachers will then work alongside our professional learning team to create, deliver and evaluate their own language learning project integrating creative approaches and achieving curriculum outcomes.

This year’s participating schools are: Mount Alexander College and Sunshine College.

This project is supported by Newsboys Foundation and Scanlon Foundation. 

More information about Literary Underground here, and contact Simon on 9044 8215.

Stories on Show

Activity-based workshops and installations to draw in and draw out stories, comics and ideas from young visitors to your event, festival or public space. Our storytelling activities are tailored to your purpose and space to provide an interactive, collaborative and/or reflective experience for children ages 6+.

Past projects have included:

• ‘Tendrils’ – MPavilion was taken over by mysterious sonic tendrils and workshop participants were encouraged to translate the messages these Tendrils were transmitting by writing or drawing what they heard.

• ‘Kite Tales’ – Children of all ages joined us in the Darebin Kite Festival storytelling tent to make their very own comic strip tales, letting them fly away on the end of their kite.

‘Paper Fire’ – a group of upper-primary students at Footscray Primary School took over the airwaves by planning, writing and producing a series of radio plays, under the guidance of mentors from SYN Media and Express Media.

• ‘The BLOOD! DEATH! SHOW!!’ – students from Deer Park North Primary School descended on the 100 Story Building skydeck and installed a creepy haunted house they created alongside artist JOF for the Big West Festival.

Click here to view further details on our past projects and collaborations. 

For more info, contact Lachlann on 9044 8215.