About Story Engine

Story Engine is an inspirational writing space where young people can write and publish stories and get one-to-one help from trained writing mentors.

This prototype platform was created by the Ministry of Stories, The Workshop and the UCL Institute of Education and is part of a Digital R&D Fund for the Arts supported project exploring how young people can benefit from remote access to trained writing mentors as part of an online experience.

Our story mentors for the project are seasoned volunteers at the Ministry of Stories, a writing and mentoring centre for 8-18 year olds. All have been vetted and trained in positive mentoring techniques that support young writers to do their best and trust their imaginations while fostering greater enjoyment of writing.

During May and June 2015 we are running a research pilot with four schools across the UK.

By exploring this use of digital tools we hope to learn how story writing and one-to-one mentoring can help arts organisations like the Ministry of Stories to inspire and reach young people who can’t necessarily physically access their programmes.

The project’s findings and outputs will be widely shared to benefit educators, researchers and other arts and cultural organisations.

Story Engine has been co-designed and developed with the collaboration of teachers, students, writers, designers, educators, academics, filmmakers and other specialists.

You can find out more about our experience and that process on the Digital R&D’s Native website.


Story Engine is supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the ArtsNesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England

Story Engine is made by The Workshop

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More about the Ministry of Stories | @mini_stories

Special thanks to our volunteer story mentors and participating schools: