About Story Engine

Story Engine is an inspirational writing space created by Ministry of Stories, where young people can write and publish their work and get one-to-one help from trained writing mentors.

Our Story Mentors have all 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.

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

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

The Story Engine is supported by the The Mercers’ Company as trustee of the Charity of Sir Richard Whittington and Ministry of Stories’ generous major donors.

The platform was originally created in 2015 in collaboration with The Workshop and the UCL Institute of Education as part of a project exploring how young people can benefit from remote access to trained writing mentors as part of an online experience. The first phase was supported by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts, Nesta, Arts & Humanities Research Council and public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

About Ministry of Stories

Ministry of Stories champions the writer in every child. Co-founded by author Nick Hornby in 2010, we help under-resourced young people write brighter futures for themselves through the power of their ideas and imagination. We build confidence, self-respect and communication skills through innovative writing programmes and one-to-one mentoring in schools and the community at our dedicated writing centre in east London. Inspired by San Francisco’s 826 Valencia, you’ll find us hidden behind our own fantastical shop Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, which has been serving London’s monster population (and the occasional human) since 1818.  All proceeds from our monstrous offerings such as Cubed Earwax and Thickest Human Snot go back to support our work with young people aged 8-18.

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Special thanks to our volunteer Story Mentors