From 2009 – 2011, Express Media presented Write In Your Face; a program supporting young writers using language innovatively across a number of forms, genres and mediums.
The program was funded by the Literature Board of the Australia Council and administered by Express Media. Individuals, groups and legally constituted organisations were given the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5000 to fund their ideas.
The program encouraged writers to use new technologies, multimedia, multi-artforms, live performance or spoken word in their work and to create something innovative stemming from the written word.
During the call for applications, Write In Your Face saw over 70 applications per year, and the succesful applicants are a roll-call of Australia’s best writers and, publishers, activists and arts workers. Alumni from the program includes: Clementine Ford, Pip Smith, Lisa Dempster, Aden Rolfe, Benjamin Walter, Pat Grant, Jessica Bellamy, Geoff Lemon, Rosanna Beatrice-Stevens, Fiona Wright, Kate O’Donnell, Eleanor Jackson, Kylie Maslen and Lachlan Carter.