Making Tracks

Express Media is delighted to present Making Tracks: a travelling pop-up workshop series and zine publication aimed at developing the work of young writers in Australia.

Over four workshops every fortnight, 10 young writers will meet with an Express Media writer and editor to hone their writing skills and workshop a piece for publication. With two hours set aside for each workshop, the first hour will be reserved for teaching writing fundamentals including structure, tone, ethics and editing, and the second hour will be used to develop their own work. They will learn how to work with an editor and also edit their own writing in preparation for publication in Making Tracks, an Express Media zine sharing stories from young people living in Australia.

This workshop series provides opportunity for emerging writers to workshop their writing, create and nourish a local youth writing community and a direct avenue to getting their work published. Following the workshop series, each participant has a week to submit their work to Express Media ready for publication.

In 2018, Express Media presenting Making Tracks in Daylesford and Castlemaine, and in 2019, Express Media presents Making Tracks in Wodonga and Perth. Making Tracks is free but registrations are vital. Each participant will receive a free Express Media Membership and four back issues of Express’ premier literary journal, Voiceworks, all valued at $75.

If you’re aged 14 to 25 with a love of reading, writing, and storytelling, join us for Making Tracks!

Making Tracks: Wodonga

FEB 16th – MARCH 30th
The Wodonga Library

Making Tracks: Perth

JULY 6th – AUG 17th
State Library of Western Australia and City of Perth Library

Our Artists

Making Tracks: Wodonga, Associate Producer | Adalya Nash Hussein | @adalyanh
Adalya Nash Hussein writes and edits nonfiction. Her work has appeared in Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow and Going Down Swinging. She has been one of EWF’s MRC Writers in Residence and a Wheeler Centre ‘Next Big Thing’. She is the Online Editor of The Lifted Brow and a nonfiction editor for Voiceworks.

Making Tracks: Wodonga, Guest Artist | Robyne Young | @Robyne7
Robyne has more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, columnist and writer of fiction and poetry.  Her work has been published in On the Wallaby Track – Australian and Romanian writing; various FourW anthologies; Short and Scary; Seizure Flashers; Tincture Journal; ZineWest 2013 (3rd prize) and New Albury Writing. Her short story collections include The Only Constant and The Basket and The Briefcase. She is a past coordinator of Albury’s Write Around the Murray Festival.

Robyne holds a BA Communications (PR) and MA Organisational Communication from Charles Sturt University, and an MA Cultural and Creative Practice from the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University.

Making Tracks: Perth, Associate Producer | Maddie Godfrey | @howtobeheld
Maddie Godfrey is a writer, poet and educator who aims to facilitate compassionate conversations about social issues. At 23, they have performed poetry at The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral (London) and Glastonbury Festival (2017). Maddie’s publishing highlights include Westerly Magazine, Button Poetry, Scum Mag and Cordite Poetry Review. In 2018 Maddie’s debut poetry collection, titled ‘How To Be Held’ was released by Burning Eye Books (UK). Currently Maddie is working with Propel Youth Arts WA as the Creative Coordinator of Youth Week WA 2019. They are also completing a PhD at Curtin University, focusing on feminist activism and prose poetry. Maddie is not a morning person. Photo credit: Tasha Faye

Making Tracks: Perth, Guest Artist | Rashida Murphy
Rashida Murphy lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is the author of the Dundee International shortlisted novel, The Historian’s Daughter (UWA Publishing). Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Westerly, Open Road Review, Landscapes, Of Indian Origin, Southern Crossings, Veils, Halos & Shackles, We Will Be Shelter, and Feminine Rising.

She has won writing residencies in WA, NSW, Victoria and India. She has been an invited guest at several writers festivals, a mentor for emerging writers and run successful workshops in Perth’s writing community. She is  currently an Adjunct at Edith Cowan University and is working on her second novel.

Making Tracks: Perth, Zine Artist | Madeleine Antill

Maddy has been drawing things since she was old enough to hold a pencil. Primarily working as a graphic designer for the past three years- if you can think it, she can probably draw it, illustrate it & bring it to life. When she doesn’t have her head down, furiously scribbling, you’ll find her playing ice hockey.

Maddy holds a BA of Graphic Design & Creative Advertising, and Photography & Illustration Design from Curtin University and has worked with Propel Youth Arts, City of Vincent & a number of Perth nightclubs and bars, including Amplifier Capitol,  The Newport Hotel & The Standard.

Making Tracks: Wodonga, Zine Artist | Amie Green

Amie Green (23) writes and draws queer, witchy and wormy things. She is an exhibiting multimedia artist and writes about fat and disability activism. She’s been published in Voiceworks, Concrete Queers, Farrago, Judy’s Punch, Camp, and Wasteland Online. Amie is passionate about arts education and has worked with non-for-profit Illustrators Australia. She is a former Media Officer of the University of Melbourne Student Union and Farrago editor.

She currently sits on the Voiceworks editorial committee and has designed and illustrated for several Melbourne journals and zines. Find her rollerblading around the Western suburbs of Melbourne and on Instagram @amiesgreenart.

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.

Making Tracks: Wodonga is presented by Express Media in partnership with Wodonga City Council and Writers Victoria.
Making Tracks: Perth is presented by Express Media in partnership with Propel Youth Arts WA.

Making Tracks is generously supported by Australia Council for The Arts.