Graphic Narratives

What are graphic narratives? How do I create a compelling comic or graphic novel? How can I be published?

Express Media is proud to present the 2020 return of Toolkits: Graphic Narratives – an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of creating graphic narratives. This program will combine theoretical approaches, practical exercises, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of their work.

During this 12-week intensive, 8 young writers explore the many and varied formats of graphic storytelling. Participants will both learn the applications of graphic storytelling and discuss the history and innovations of this unique literary practice. Toolkits: Graphic Narratives covers a strong foundation in the familiar, such as comic strips, graphic novels, and manga, but isn’t afraid to branch into the experimental.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. Young writers will be encouraged to create, write, workshop and edit their work throughout the course. They will hone their skills in textual analysis, create their own original work (which can be fictional, autobiographical, biographical or journalistic), explore the possibilities of collaborative work, and learn how to pitch work to publishers when they’re done.

In 2020, Express Media is proud to welcome back well-respected comics artist and editor Mira Schlosberg as Program Facilitator and Mentor. Mira will lead the program’s fortnightly online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship during the alternating weeks, and support these artists with individualised feedback.

Participants also have the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best comics artists, with special guests presenting live and online sessions for the next generation across the country.

If you are a young writer or artist interested in graphic storytelling, we want to hear from you!

 Become an Express Media Member!

Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members along with a number of other perks, events, and opportunities. If you’re not already a member, you can easily sign up here.

Note: 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.


Applications are now closed for 2020.


Mira Schlosberg is a writer, comics artist, and editor originally from Arizona and currently living in Birraranga (Melbourne). Their comic Guidebook to Queer Jewish Spirituality is published by Glom Press. You can find them online at

Lee Lai is from Naarm (Melbourne), Australia, and currently makes comics and illustrations in Tio’tia:ke (known as Montreal, Quebec). She writes and paints comics in short and long form fiction, and has been featured in The New Yorker, The Lifted Brow, Room Magazine, and Meanjin Journal. Her first graphic novel Stone Fruit is due to be released by Fantagraphics in 2021, and has been translated into four languages.

Marc Pearson is a cartoonist, risograph printer and small press publisher based in Melbourne, Australia. He is a former Art Editor at The Lifted Brow (issues 25-32). He founded and formerly edited the cartoon advice column Advicecomics. He is currently drawing an ongoing comic series called ’The Flamingo Diamond’, drawing graphic medicine comics for Orygen Youth Health & co-running a risograph press called Glom Press.


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


Toolkits: Graphic Narratives is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund