Graphic Narratives

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

Express Media is proud to present the 2023 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 group workshopping to guide young writers through the development of their work.

During this 12-week program, you’ll get to 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.

If you are a writer or artist aged 30 and under interested in graphic storytelling, we want to hear from you!

Become an Express Media Member!

Toolkits is free for Express Media members along with a number of other perks, events, and opportunities. You must be a member to participate in Toolkits. 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 submit your application and contact us via  to be awarded one of our sponsored memberships if your Toolkits application is successful.

Applications for Toolkits 2023 are now closed. Keep an eye on our social media for announcements regarding upcoming seasons!

Facilitator – Bailey Sharp

Bailey Sharp is a cartoonist, originally from Atlanta, now living in Naarm. She is the author of My Big Life, which won the bronze award at the 2018 Comic Arts Awards of Australia. Bailey is a member of the Workers Art Collective and is a co-coordinator of Glom Press, a cooperatively-run risograph comics publisher.

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

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