Big opportunities aren’t just for those peddling their pens in the big smoke. Young writers from across Australia can apply for Toolkits – a series of intensive, craft-specific online writing programs.

Toolkits is a rigorous 12-week program for writers aged 30 and under to develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment. Each program includes one-on-one mentoring and feedback from an established writer, specialised presentations from guest artists and the opportunity to network with other young people working in the same literary form.

In first half of 2018, we present Toolkits: Fiction and Toolkits: Nonfiction.

Toolkits: Fiction will be facilitated by Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and Pulse Points (released August 2017). Jennifer will guide participants through the art of storytelling and ethics, how to craft characters, plots and plans and how to polish work for publication.

Toolkits: Nonfiction is a new program developed by award-winning nonfiction writer, Tom Doig, author of The Coal Face and Moron to Moron. Tom guide participants through developing an idea through to longform work. Explore the forms that make nonfiction storytelling compelling and learn how to develop your idea from first pitch to publication.

Stay tuned for more information about Toolkits: Poetry which will be commencing in the second half of 2018.



Learn from some of the best working writers in the country as Express Media presents Toolkits Live. This year our guest artists include Claire G. ColemanMirandi Riwoe, Royce Kurmelovs and Fiona Wright. Join participants in these livestreamed, online sessions and take part in the conversation as these three incredible writers share their specialised interests and writing practice. Our past guest artists included Omar Musa, Tony BirchEvelyn AraluenBella Li and Elena Gomez.

Applications to Toolkits are open to all young writers, including high school students, regardless of level of written experience. Young people living in outer-metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia are encouraged to apply.

Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here.

Express Media is committed to access, so if you would like to sign up and are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us via to be awarded one of our sponsored memberships.

The only other things you’ll need are motivation and internet connection, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to refine your craft and be mentored by some of Australia’s best literary talent. 

Applications for Toolkits: Fiction and Toolkits: Nonfiction are now closed, but stay tuned for announcements of Toolkits: Poetry in the later half of the year.

Tune into Toolkits: Live to see catch up on last years guest artist talks, and stay tuned for 2018 action.

Toolkits is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.