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 2017, 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: Poetry will be facilitated by Melody Paloma, critic, poet and author of In Some Ways Dingo (forthcoming with Rabbit). Participants will explore the histories, language and changing face of poetry, and be challenged to engage with the art form in unique and different ways. The program also covers writing poetry in the digital age, Aboriginal histories in Australian literature, the intersections of writing and visual art, and how to edit your work for publication.

Learn from some of the best working writers in the country as Express Media presents Toolkits Live with guest artists Omar Musa, Tony BirchEvelyn AraluenBella Li and Elena Gomez. Join participants in these livestreamed, online sessions and take part in the conversation as these five incredible writers share their specialised interests and writing practice.

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 are now closed, but keep up to date and tune into Toolkits Live.