We are a Hobart-based not-for-profit organisation that nurtures the creativity and writing skills of young Tasmanians aged 7–17 and celebrates their diverse voices.
Supported by a team of enthusiastic volunteer tutors, Story Island runs free, dynamic storytelling workshops where children and teenagers are empowered to create their own stories. The focus of Story Island’s work is on communities that are often overlooked, where people may experience poverty and disadvantage or are marginalised in other ways.
Our vision is for children and teenagers to harness the power of their imaginations so they can grow to be resilient and creative shapers of their own lives.
Tasmania has many strengths but there are big barriers to overcome: nearly half of Tasmania's adults do not have the basic skills to understand and use information from newspapers, magazines, books and brochures. Tasmania has the lowest levels of educational retention, completion and attainment in the country (The Tasmania Report). Every morning 16,000 Tasmanian children wake up to a life of poverty (TasCOSS).
We want to change this picture so that young Tasmanians have the creative confidence and writing skills to participate in a good life.
We do this by offering free workshops where students get individualised support from our expert storytellers and volunteer tutors.
We are inspired by the great work begun in San Francisco by author Dave Eggers who co-founded the 826 Valencia creative writing centre for youth, and by the numerous versions of this throughout the world, including in Australia with 100 Story Building in Melbourne and Story Factory across New South Wales.