our story

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.

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 the Sydney Story Factory.

The Story Island Project (Tasmania) is a not-for-profit association incorporated in Tasmania.

Click here to read our 2016–17 Annual Report.


our values

  • The power of stories to connect and revitalise a community

  • Literacy as a basic human right, which is the foundation of lifelong learning

  • That literacy involves everybody – individuals, families, communities, businesses, and governments

  • Fostering and nurturing a sense of belief and pride in local identity

  • Enabling resilient and resourceful learners across all ages and communities

  • Fostering respectful, creative and sharing individuals and communities by building on existing strengths.