Big opportunities aren’t just for those peddling their pens in the big smoke. Young writers from across Australia can apply for Toolkits – a series of intensive, craft-specific online writing programs.

Toolkits is a rigorous 12-week program for writers aged 30 and under to develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment. 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.

Toolkits: Memoir
MARCH 12 – MAY 28

Toolkits: Graphic Narratives 

Toolkits: Fiction

Toolkits: Digital Storytelling

Toolkits: Poetry

Applications to Toolkits are open to all young writers, including high school students, regardless of level of written experience. Young people living in outer-metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia are encouraged to apply.

Our 2019 Toolkitters have been chosen! Meet our Memoir participants, our Graphic Narrative participants and our Fiction participants!

Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here.



Our Artists

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Learn from some of the best working writers in the country as Express Media presents Toolkits Live.

 Join participants in these livestreamed, online sessions and take part in the conversation as these incredible writers share their specialised interests and writing practice.

Our 2019 facilitators and guest artists include: Zoya Patel, Mira Schlosberg Jennifer Down, Jamie Marina Lau, Rachel Ang, Eloise Grills, Carly Finlay, Jesse Cole, Alison Evans, Alice ChipkinTava Tavassoli, Melody Paloma, Jessica L. Wilkinson, Kirli Saunders, Norman Erikson Pasaribu, Kent MacCarter, Jessica Zhan Mei Yu, Kylie Boltin, Daen Sansbury Smith and Jon Tjhia!

 You can stream past Toolkits sessions anytime you want!

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.

The only other things you’ll need are motivation and internet connection, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to refine your craft and be mentored by some of Australia’s best literary talent. 

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 Federal Government’s Regional Arts Fund.