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100 Story Building

100 Story Building

In 2010, we ran Pigeon Letters, a collaborative book project that brought popular and award-winning children's book authors and young students together in a one-on-one letter writing exchange and produced a published anthology. For one student, who came from a low socio-economic background, was very disengaged in learning and would refuse to do work, this was a transformational experience.

'I used to think that writing was so hard and very boring. I used to think that I could never write a good story. I always used to say "not writing," or "this is too hard," or "I don't like this, I don't want to do that." Now I think that writing is fun and that it is really easy. Whenever we do writing I say "Yes!" in my head.'

Too many children in Australia are not receiving the best education they can. There is a widening social and related literacy achievement gap in schools. Recent studies report around 1 in 4 young Australians do not achieve key educational milestones throughout their schooling and they are disproportionately likely to be from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Schools working with marginalised communities lack the support, resources and networks to bring the necessary arts-rich education to their students, which enhances engagement with education and lifts academic outcomes.

What We Do

Our mission is to provide opportunities for the most marginalised children and young people in our community to build the literacy skills, confidence and sense of belonging that are fundamental to future success.

100 Story Building is a unique centre for young writers that supports children and young people aged 6-18 years from marginalised backgrounds to develop their literacy, confidence and sense of belonging. We work directly with young people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, with and within schools to promote a culture of literacy and creativity, and connect them with individuals and organisations that make up Melbourne’s literature community.

Our programs and workshops provide unique and fun storytelling opportunities for children and young people. They create stories, poems, podcasts, comics, games and rap songs - experimenting with different ways to express their ideas in their own words! We give creative control to the young writers and encourage them to stretch their imaginations, take creative risks and spark their love for learning. We connect young writers at the Building with emerging and best-selling authors, editors, publishers and publishing professionals, and encourage meaningful conversations and skill sharing for the benefit of young people.

How You Can Help

Since 2013, we have supported over 18,000 children and young people through our workshops and programs. We need your help to extend our programs and workshops to still more children in Melbourne’s marginalised communities.

Programs like our flagship program Early Harvest, where we bring together an editorial team of upper-primary students from marginalised communities, and provide them with mentoring and workshops to publish an issue of the yearly literary journal early harvest. We also support 700 students and their teachers to take creative risks, and submit their best work for publication!

Some of Australia’s leading children’s authors, including Andy GriffithsDavina BellAndrew McDonaldMaxine Beneba-Clarke and Alice Pung, have supported the Early Harvest program by contributing to the magazine and mentoring the young editors.

Our programs and workshops are FREE for children from marginalised backgrounds.

Contact Details

92 Nicholson St
FOOTSCRAY VIC, 3011

(03) 9044 8215
Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.