Parliament Express

Join us for a brand new program which explores the essentials of political writing!

Each year, hundreds of laws are made and changed through parliament—it’s a big job to communicate the workings of parliament to the public! 

Parliament Express will explore the essentials of writing in a political environment. As part of a twelve week program, participants (aged 18-30) will learn about the parliamentary process and its relationship to print and digital media, covering reportage and investigative journalism, as well as how to research, plan and conduct interviews with politicians and experts. Fortnightly workshops and guest speaker sessions will be combined with one-on-one mentoring for participants to build their skills in proofreading, editing and pitching work for publication, with opportunity for each participant to publish up to two pieces of writing on Parliament of Victoria’s blog at the program’s conclusion.


Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer Magenta Sheridan at

Our Facilitator

Zowie Douglas-Kinghorn is a young writer and editor living on unceded Dharug lands. In 2018 she was awarded the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for her piece of investigative journalism on water and climate politics, The Invisible Sea. You can find her recent words in Island, Overland, The Big Issue and others. Also an environmental activist, she has facilitated dozens of climate science workshops in high schools across Australia, co-launched the Switched on Schools program in her home state of Tasmania, been part of campaigns to divest and keep fossil fuels in the ground, and is an inaugural recipient of the Deb Foskey scholarship from Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia. She is a commissioning editor for Moonland and currently edits nonfiction for Voiceworks. 

Parliament Express is presented by Express Media in partnership with Parliament of Victoria.