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 creative programs.

Running once again in 2024, Toolkits is a 12-week online program for creatives aged 30 and under to develop their skills, workshop their work and connect with other writers. Express Media is excited to present two streams in the upcoming season: Fiction and Non-Fiction.

The course includes presentations from guest artists and industry experts, the opportunity to connect with and learn from an experienced mentor, and networking with other young writers/artists/producers. Participants will contribute to a joint published outcome towards the end of the program (format to be determined by the group and facilitator).  

Writers will meet digitally as a group with their facilitator on Wednesdays, participating in tailored exercises and facilitated workshops designed to advance each individual’s skillset in the given craft. These meetings will foster community skill-sharing, encourage writers to develop a regular working practice, and open a space to receive encouragement/guidance. 

Throughout the season, Express Media will present two Toolkits: Live sessions, where each facilitator will sit down with industry guests to discuss genre, industry, and tips for young creatives. These events will be streamed for free on Express Media’s YouTube channel.

Season 1 (April – July 2024)

Toolkits: Fiction
Toolkits: Non-Fiction

Season 2 (Sept – Nov 2024)

Toolkits: Poetry
Toolkits: Graphic Narratives
Toolkits: Digital Storytelling

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

Applications to Toolkits: Poetry require a joint Australia Poetry and Express Media membership which you can find here.

If you are experiencing a financial barrier to purchasing one of the memberships, please email us at to discuss a sponsored position on the program.

Have a question? Need help with your application? You can reach out to our Creative Producer, Mia Nie, at




Toolkits Connect is generously supported by Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and Australian Poetry.