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: Fiction is facilitated by Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and Pulse Points (released August 2017). Jennifer will guide participants through the art of storytelling and ethics, how to craft characters, plots and plans and how to polish work for publication.

Toolkits: Nonfiction is facilitated by award-winning nonfiction writer, Tom Doig, author of The Coal Face and Moron to Moron. Tom guide participants through developing an idea through to longform work. Explore the forms that make nonfiction storytelling compelling and learn how to develop your idea from first pitch to publication.

Toolkits: Poetry will be facilitated by Melody Paloma, an established poet, editor and critic living in Melbourne, and author of In Some Ways Dingo (Rabbit). Melody will facilitate the programs online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each young writer.


Learn from some of the best working writers in the country as Express Media presents Toolkits Live. This year our guest artists include Claire G. ColemanMirandi Riwoe, Royce Kurmelovs and Fiona Wright, Magan Magan, Jeanine Leane and Amelia Dale. 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 past guest artists included Omar Musa, Tony BirchEvelyn AraluenBella Li and Elena Gomez. You can stream back these sessions anytime you want!

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.

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

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. 

Applications for Toolkits: Fiction and Toolkits: Nonfiction are now closed.

Applications for Toolkits: Poetry are now open, and close AEST 11.59pm Sunday July 1.

You must be a member of Express Media and Australian Poetry to apply for Toolkits: Poetry. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here.

Toolkits is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.