100 Story Building

100 Story Building
100 Story Building is a centre for young writers based in Melbourne’s inner-west. Here, children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse and marginalised backgrounds are given the opportunity to foster their creative voice and to have their ideas shared and respected.
In 2009, Jenna Williams and Lachlann Carter founded the not-for-profit organisation Pigeons. Inspired by internships at 826 Valencia in San Francisco, Pigeons began delivering creative publishing programs to primary school students in Melbourne’s inner-west. The first program, Pigeon Letters, placed upper-primary students in a collaborative partnership with well-known and award-winning Australian children’s book authors, with the resulting works published in Pigeon Letters: Stories in the Post.
By 2012, over 300 children and young people had benefited from programs like Pigeon Letters, supported by donations of time and money from more than 100 authors, volunteers, publishing professionals, supporters and project partners who believe in the power of literacy to transform young lives.

Throughout all of these projects, it became apparent that a centre for young writers was essential to support and extend the resources of teachers, parents and schools to engage the most marginalised children and young people in the inner-west in literacy learning.

In October 2012, co-founders Jenna Williams, Lachlann Carter and Jessica Tran, a Pigeons volunteer since 2009, launched 100 Story Building, which is home to all projects delivered up until now under the Pigeons name. In September 2013, 100 Story Building threw open the doors of a brand new centre for young writers in the heart of Footscray in Melbourne's west.

100 Story Building brings together young writers and members of Melbourne’s creative community, and encourages them to share in their skills and understandings through creative writing excursions, publishing programs and after-school activities.

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