In 2014, local writers Katy Lassetter and Vicky Edwards saw the need for a children’s workshop that celebrates and encourages creative flair. The fifth ‘Story Factory Chichester’, with the umbrella theme of ‘Every Picture Tells a Story’, will take place on Friday 28 October at St Wilfrid’s Church Community Hall.
Fun and creative group sessions for children aged (approximately) 6-13; guest experts help youngsters to free their imaginations and to explore stories through words, art and music. Past guests include authors, publishers, illustrators, story massage practitioners, and newspaper editors. This time, artist and teacher Jessica Venables; and photographer and teacher Rachel Poulton will be joined by Story Factory’s much-loved resident musician Mike Fry.
The previous sell-out workshops were a hit with both parents and children. Tanya Hatton, mother of seven-year-old Charlotte who is a regular Story Factory Chichester attendee, says: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to bring together children with energy and imagination, as well as talented grownups, to generate a fabulous result!”
Eleven-year-old Wilf adds: “Story Factory is great fun; you have the chance to let your imagination run wild and write whatever you want. There are no rules and it feels really free. We all have a chance to share our ideas too, which is cool.”
Taking place at St Wilfrid’s Church Community Hall, Sherborne Road, Chichester (10.00-4.30), those who venture into the story factory can expect great things: “From the moment the children arrive they are bursting with ideas for stories – it’s like being at the centre of a what-if whirlwind… I think these events are so great,” Abi McMahon, Summersdale Publishers.
Sussex Arts Academy, a charity which aims to provide easier access to the very best in arts and cultural education for the benefit of young people across West Sussex, will support the event for a second time this year. Their Director of Operations, David Sword said: “Sussex Arts Academy is delighted to be supporting Story Factory Chichester. All children need access to good arts enrichment programmes and we fully endorse Story Factory’s inclusive approach.”
For further details and booking email Katy or call 01243 533421.