Passionate about young people’s literacy and creativity, Jesse is the founder and project leader of Byron Writers Festival StoryBoard, a mobile creative writing program based on the 826 Valencia model of creative literacy for young people. 

StoryBoard ran as a pilot project in 2016 taking authors and storytellers to schools in Northern NSW to run creative writing workshops. Thanks to funding from Create NSW, Stronger Communities and Catalyst, StoryBoard ran as a fully fledged program in 2017, providing free visits to more than 100 schools, directly reaching some 7500 young people.

As well as overseeing the project, Jesse is one of StoryBoard’s Storytellers-in-chief, leading creative writing programs for young people.

Read about the launch of StoryBoard.

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