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Published April 12th 2013
The Future J K Rowling
The sound of what seems like a thousand horses can be heard from afar.
Their hearts beat like they are about to explode from their chests; Ivana, with her legs capable of snapping your neck like a twig, Gladiator, with muscles that can rip your body in shreds and Fireballs, that spit fire like a dragon. All three of them are running for their lives. They can see the evil Thor from afar. A 10 foot monster, his eyes are dark and evil, with daggers protruding from his gigantic hand. Then, as they turn the corner, they see a door opening.
'Help us!' Ivana yelled.
'Quick, quick, come in', the doorkeeper answered. And as he closes the door, Thor appears and smashes his hand into the door. But the three are safe. As they heave their sigh of relief, Gladiator asks, where are we?
The doorkeeper answers, 'You are at the Martian Embassy, the cradle of your imagination, where stories are created, and told, the place where you were born'.
They look at each other and said, please tell us more;
The Martian Embassy is the official Embassy of Mars. In Earth, the home base of The Sydney Story Factory. A not-for-profit Creative Writing Centre established on 2011. Located in 176 Redfern Street, Redfern, Sydney and run by volunteer tutors who are passionate about helping to hone youths creativity. The program caters for young people, those with indigenous backgrounds, non-English speaking people and anyone who wishes to write stories of any genre.
Their aim is to develop one's writing skills and help enhance the writers love for words and find their voice. Programs are run for upper primary and High School students who have basic writing knowledge. The Sydney Story Factory hopes to develop student's self expression through creative writing, hence improve their ability to effectively communicate their emotions and feelings, therefore boosting their confidence along the way.
The Martian Embassy hosts school programs, after school and workshops in creative writing, script writing, animation, science and cooking writing, song writing, drama, and many more. At the completion of a program, the students are presented with their work professionally binded and printed to take home.
Does this sound exciting to you? Of course, it does! Get those creative critters crawl in your brain. Find the story behind Ivana, Gladiator and Fireball. Who is Thor? Why is he after them? Who will win the battle, the good or the evil? How did it start? Can you finish the story?
Visit the Sydney Story Factory and let your imagination run wild, enhance your creativity and find the artist in you.
Walking into this place gave me a sense of belonging. I didn't feel intimated and certainly didn't feel like an out of place earthling. I was greeted by the soryteller in Chief, Richard Short. He definitely doesn't look like a Martian, but a caring individual and happy to answer my queries. Although, a few entities have gathered, perhaps to plot another invasion!