As a not-for-profit organisation, Byron Writers Festival and StoryBoard relies on the generous support of volunteers to provide support to the children and students of Northern Rivers and help improve literacy.
Volunteers are at the heart of what we do. Without people like you, we would not be able to offer young people the personal attention that helps their writing soar and their confidence blossom. By volunteering with us, you will be making a difference to young people’s lives, one story at a time.
“Keep it weird” is the advice of author Dave Eggers in relation to keeping kids excited, engaged and passionate about creativity and storytelling. StoryBoard aims to change the lives of northern NSW kids, fostering active functional literacy through creative writing. Inspired by Dave Eggers and his “Valencia 826” (and offshoots) creative writing centres, StoryBoard takes creative writing out on the road.
The StoryBoard Bus will take our Storyteller-in-Chief and YOU our volunteer tutors directly to where you are needed – disadvantaged kids in northern rivers schools – to run creative writing workshops. StoryBoard applies known success factors: free programs in areas of need, individual support from caring adults, and project-based writing that gives kids ownership and strengthens their ability to express themselves.
Every StoryBoard Volunteer must have:
a valid and verified Working with Children’s Check
an interest in creative writing and working with children
attended a Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard volunteer orientation session
If you don’t have a current Working with Children’s Check then you can obtain one by filling out this form online and applying at your nearest NSW Services centre for FREE!