Making Tracks

Making Tracks is a free, travelling pop-up workshop series and zine publication aimed at developing the work of young Australian writers from age 14 to 25 – led and mentored by an experienced Express Media writer and editor!

Over four workshops, 10 young writers hone their writing skills and workshop a piece for publication. With two hours set aside for each workshop, the first hour is reserved for teaching writing fundamentals – including structure, tone, ethics and editing. The second hour is used to develop their own work – either with guided feedback or alongside their class community peers. 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, at the end of the program. 

Participants are not only provided with an opportunity to have their work published, but a wealth of other career lasting perks and benefits. Express Media acknowledges the role of the local community in writing networks and so participants of Making Tracks gain access to local peer knowledge and pathways through curated Guest Artists from their area. Not to mention the benefit of receiving four back issues of Express’ premier literary journal, Voiceworks, and an annual Express Media Membership – valued at $75!

Since its conception in 2018, Express Media has been proud to present Making Tracks in Daylesford, Castlemaine, Wodonga, and Perth as we reach out to the corners of the country. In 2020, we are delighted to welcome young writers from Canberra in Making Tracks: Canberra in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Art Centres  and Adelaide in Making Tracks: Adelaide  in partnership with Writers SA. 

If you’re aged 14 to 25 with a love of reading, writing, and storytelling, look out for Making Tracks in your area!


Making Tracks: Canberra

Saturday 7th March –  Saturday 4th April
Ainslie Arts Centre, 30 Elouera St, Braddon (between Elder and Donaldson Sts).

Making Tracks: Adelaide

Saturday 6th June – Saturday 4th July
Special Online Program for residents of SA.


Registrations for Making Tracks Adelaide are now open! 


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.

If you are interested in partnering with us to support young writers in your local area with the Making Tracks Program, contact Jesse Oliver at

Making Tracks: Canberra is presented by Express Media in partnership with Ainslie and Gorman Art Centres.

Making Tracks: Adelaide is presented by Express Media in partnership with Writers SA

Making Tracks has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council.