Express Media is here for young writers. Whether you’re working on your very first piece or you’re ready to launch your career, we’re here to support you, provide access to opportunities, and to connect you to a community of young writers across the country.

We’re excited to launch our 2017 program, which sees us reaching corners of Australia where we haven’t been before. We’re hitting the road with Tracks – expanding our pop-up program of workshops, masterclasses and special events to include Adelaide, Geelong, Brisbane and Perth.

Student editors from university publications across the country will converge in Melbourne for the annual NEWS Conference in January, and our Schools Program will be making pit stops in secondary schools throughout the year.

Opportunities aren’t just for those peddling their pens in the big smoke: our online program Toolkits offers 12-week intensive courses in fiction and poetry, open to all young writers with motivation and an internet connection.

2017 is also a big year for prizes and opportunities. We’re thrilled to recognise and develop outstanding talent through The John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers and The Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers, and we’re honoured to offer The Kat Muscat Fellowship to support a young female-identifying or non-binary writer or editor.

In 2017, we encourage you to get stuck into the poetry, fiction, nonfiction, comics and art found in each issue of Voiceworks, Australia’s premier youth literary journal, and challenge you to submit your own work for feedback and publication. Voiceworks kicks off the year with the release of issue #107 on the theme of ‘Relic’, which will be launched at locations across Australia in March.

Throughout 2017 there are countless opportunities to ensure you – young writers and lovers of lit – can keep reading, writing and discovering new ways to express yourself. Whatever your 2017 writing goals may be, Express Media is here to help you achieve them.

Download the program now and sign up to be a member to stay up to date with the opportunities coming your way in 2017.