Toolkits Connect

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

In season 2 2022, Toolkits Connect is a 12-week program for writers aged 30 and under to develop their skills, workshop their work and connect with other writers. Express Media is excited to present three streams: Graphic Narratives, Digital Storytelling and Poetry with stream facilitators to be announced soon! 

The program includes specialised presentations from guest artists and industry experts, the opportunity to connect with and learn from an established writer and network with other young writers in the same literary form, as well as to contribute to an outcome towards the end of the program (format to be determined by the group and facilitator).  

Writers will meet as a group with their facilitator fortnightly on Wednesday evenings, connecting young Australian writers and offering opportunities for skill sharing and development. These meetings will foster community, encourage writers to develop a regular working practice and open a space to receive encouragement/guidance. During the off-weeks, the group and their facilitator will connect and share their work via a private online Discord channel, fostering connection and establishing relationships across the full 12 weeks.  

Toolkits Connect will present six live special events with guest artists and industry experts sharing their craft and hints for young writers. These events will be streamed for free on Express Media’s YouTube channel. 

Season 1 (March – June 2022)

Toolkits LITE: Poetry
Toolkits LITE: Fiction
Toolkits LITE: Nonfiction

Season 2 (August – November 2022) 

Toolkits: Poetry

Toolkits: Graphic Narratives

Toolkits: Digital Storytelling




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

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

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



Our 2022 Facilitators 

Season One 

Annie Zhang | Toolkits: Fiction

Annie Zhang is a writer and editor. She was the recipient of a WestWords Western Sydney Emerging Writer Fellowship and her writing was shortlisted for the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction. Her work has been published by Kill Your Darlings and Sweatshop Women, amongst others. She has edited various publications and is currently a fiction editor for Voiceworks. In her day job, she works in book publishing. 

Hasib Hourani | Toolkits: Nonfiction

Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, and arts worker living on unceded Wurundjeri Country. His practice disrupts expectations of place, archive, and the relationship between the two. 

Hasib is a 2020 recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Scheme and is currently working on a book of poetry about suffocation and the occupation of Palestine. You can find his work in Meanjin, Overland, and Going Down Swinging, among others. 

Manisha Anjali | Toolkits: Poetry

Manisha Anjali is a writer and artist. She has been a recipient of BLINDSIDE’s Regional Arts & Research Residency at Mooramong, a Writer-in-Residence at Incendium Radical Library and a Hot Desk Fellow at The Wheeler Centre. Manisha is the founder of Community Dream Project, a research and documentation platform for dreams, visions and hallucinations.


Season two

Eloise Grills | Toolkits: Graphic Narratives

Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist, poet and critic living on unceded Jaara land. Her work has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies including Meanjin, The Nib, The Rumpus, Going Down Swinging, Kill Your Darlings, Sydney Review of Books, The Lifted Brow and Borderless. She has been the recipient of many grants, including competitive funding from the Australia Council, the Copyright Agency and Creative Victoria. Essays from her illustrated memoir, big beautiful female theory (Affirm Press 2022), won the Melbourne Prize for Literature in 2021 and the Lifted Brow and RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction in 2018. She co-authored the graphic memoir Dog Park (Glom Press 2021) with Radha O’Meara and wrote and illustrated the graphic memoir, Sexy Female Murderesses (Glom Press 2018) and tweets and grams at @grillzoid

Maddie Godfrey | Toolkits: Poetry

Madison ‘Maddie’ Godfrey is a writer, educator, and emotional feminist. They are the author of ‘How To Be Held’ (Burning Eye Books, 2018) and ‘Dress Rehearsals’ (Forthcoming from Allen & Unwin’s JOAN Press, 2023). Madison has performed poetry at The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, TEDx and Glastonbury Festival. They are a previous recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship, The Varuna Poetry Flagship Fellowship and a WA Youth Award for their ‘Creative Contributions’ to the state. Currently Maddie is completing their PhD and living on Whadjuk Noongar land. Their great loves include; the band La Dispute, the colour purple, and their rescue cat Sylvia. 
Rory Green | Toolkits: Digital Storytelling

Rory Green is a writer, editor and digital media artist living and working on unceded Wangal land. Their interactive digital poetry has been published in Running Dog, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, and Taper, as well as presented at festivals including BLEED, National Young Writers Festival, Freeplay Festival and Cementa. Rory is an enthusiastic advocate and mentor in the digital storytelling space, having facilitated Express Media’s online learning program Toolkits: Digital Storytelling from 2020-2022 and mentored through Ainslie and Gorman Centre’s Live Art Lab program. They have also delivered workshops on digital storytelling for Writers SA, Queensland Poetry, Emerging Writers Festival, and Digital Writers Festival. Rory was previously editor at Voiceworks Online, and is currently Games Literature Editor of Cordite Poetry Review.


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