5 May 2023
Meet the Toolkits: Digital Storytelling 2023 participants
The Express Media team is so excited to announce the ten young writers who will be taking part in this season of Toolkits: Digital Storytelling!
Facilitated by writer, editor, and digital media artist Rory Green, this 12-week intensive course aims to guide participants through theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshopping, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers to experiment and develop their work in a range of digital forms.
Participants will meet as a group with their facilitator fortnightly on Wednesday evenings, offering opportunities for skill sharing and development. These meetings will foster community, encourage writers to develop a regular working practice, and open a space to receive encouragement/guidance. During the off-weeks, the group and their facilitator will participate in writing jams, utilising the tools and ideas explored throughout each session.
As part of this Toolkits: Nonfiction season, there will be two livestreamed guest presentations which will be available to watch publicly on our YouTube channel: Naphtali Faulkner, 27th June & Vidya Rajan, 28th June – keep an eye out on our socials for more details coming soon. But for now, say hello to the class of 2023!
Amelia Mertha is a multimedia artist of Balinese descent, living and working on Bidjigal land. She is currently studying a Master of Digital Communication and Culture at the University of Sydney.
Coco X. Huang is a 1.5-generation Chinese-Australian writer, medical scientist and musician. She writes fiction and poetry and enjoys creating interdisciplinary hybrid works that challenge and extend conventional forms. She has performed at the Sydney Festival (2021), was shortlisted in the poetry section of the Woollahra Digital Literary Award (2020), received a Faber Writing Academy scholarship (2020), and was selected for the Citizen Writes Project (2019). Her works have appeared in the Australian Poetry Journal, Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Cordite, Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow and Going Down Swinging, among others.
In a previous life, Eli Glastonbury was a cryptid living inside your local national park. In this life, they are a writer and filmmaker from Kaurna land. They mostly write about horror, trans identity, and the intersection of the two.
i am cool.
Liz Murdoch is an emerging writer from Naarm, interested in exploring works for youth. Her works have appeared in Voiceworks and Clipped.tv. In 2021, she won the “Best Emerging Writer” award in the Union House Theatre Awards for her theatre writing, developed in the University of Melbourne’s Writer in Residence program. She enjoys stories that make her cry.
Clem Larkins is a writer/artist residing in Naarm.
As of January 2023, I live on the lands of the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung peoples. I am grateful to live on these lands on which I experience my favourite feelings and do the things that I like to do. In 2022, I released a 54-page zine called The Kool-Aid Mystery. In 2023, I released a 4-song EP. I occasionally perform live music. I occasionally write blog posts.
August Moulang (they/them) is a writer, editor and arts worker living on unceded Wurundjeri Country. They write poetry and creative nonfiction that interrogates the relationship between queerness, disability, intimacy and place.
Aeva Milos (21, she/her) is a writer based in Naarm. She likes to explore themes of the mundane and the ordinary in her work, capturing all the silly and little in-betweens.