6 March 2019

Memoir, Graphic Narratives, Fiction – Season 1, 2019 Toolkits

Express Media is excited to open applications for the first three streams of Toolkits for 2019. Toolkits is a rigorous 12-week program for writers aged 30 and under to develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment.

In Season 1, Express Media is opening applications for Toolkits: Memoir, Toolkits: Graphic Narratives and Toolkits: Fiction. 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 2019, Toolkits: Memoir will be facilitated by award-winning writer and editor, and author of No Country Woman, Zoya Patel. It will run from Tuesday 12th March to Tuesday 28th May.

Toolkits: Graphic Narratives will be facilitated by well respected comics artist, editor and author of Guidebook to Queer Jewish Spirituality, Mira Schlosberg. It will run from Wednesday 3rd April to Wednesday 19th June.

Toolkits: Fiction will by facilitated by Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and Pulse Points. It will run from Thursday 18th April to Thursday 4th July.

Headshots of Zoya Patel, Jennifer Down and Mira Schlosberg


Participants will also have the chance to learn from some of the best working writers in the country, with Toolkits Live guest artists including Carly Findlay, Jessie Cole, Eloise Grills, Rachel Ang, Alice Chipkin, Tava Tavassoli and Jamie Marina Lau presenting online sessions for the next generation of Australian writers.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative and young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course. Toolkits is also open to all young writers including high school and university students, regardless of level of written experience. Young people living in outer-metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia are encouraged to apply, all you need is motivation and an internet connection.

Applications for Toolkits: Memoir Toolkits: Graphic Narratives and Toolkits: Fiction are now closed.

Toolkits is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. Toolkits: Live is presented by Express Media in partnership with Regional Arts Victoria as part of the Arts Connect Series funded by the