What is AMoS?

A Maze of Story (AMoS) is a Perth-based not-for-profit organisation that provides a program of creative writing for children. The program is currently being delivered as workshops in selected primary schools.

Each workshop is led by a story-weaver with the help of six volunteer tutors, who have been trained to provide encouragement and focussed attention to the children selected to take part.

Twelve children are selected, by the teachers and principal at the school, as most likely to benefit from an intervention such as this. These children may be disengaged or struggling with their school work, or they may be indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse, or they may be just one of those children not typically selected to take part in the usual extra-curricular arts programs. They are not children with a special talent for writing or for being creative.

Children’s engagement with writing increases when they realise their work will be published in an anthology, or shown to an audience at a public event. Sharing their work, celebrating it, and holding it up alongside the work of adult writers is empowering. Every child who participates fully will come away from an AMoS program with a published piece of writing.

To date, we have produced sixteen print anthologies of the children’s stories and drawings. Each child gets a copy to take home and an additional copy is lodged in the school library.

As soon as we raise sufficient funds for set-up and ongoing management, we aim to open a shopfront or writing hub close to the city, as a place for children to escape to write and imagine so that we can expand the scope and reach of the program.