Digital Storytelling

What is digital storytelling? What kind of meaningful experiences can you create online? What makes digital storytelling different to other forms of writing?

Express Media is proud to present the 2020 return of Toolkits: Digital Storytelling – an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of creating stories for the web and beyond. This program will combine theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshopping, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers to experiment and develop their work in a range of digital forms.

Over a 12-week intensive, participants join Voiceworks Online Editor, Rory Green, to analyse and produce work that buzzes, wobbles, and whirrs – writing that is interactive, generative, multimedia and massively online. 

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative, and a large focus of this course will be on creating work that’s uniquely digital and couldn’t be published on the printed page. Young writers will be encouraged to create, write, workshop and edit their work throughout the course.

Participants also have the chance to learn from Cecile Richard and Hannah Jenkins, two of Australia’s stand-out digital storytellers, who will be presenting live and online sessions for participants and the public with Toolkits Live!

If you are a young writer or artist interested in digital 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.

Rory Green is an editor for Voiceworks Online and 2016 alumni of the Toolkits: Poetry program. They have presented on digital writing at the MCA Zine Fair, Digital Writers Festival and Freeplay Festival, and their work has been published in Rabbit, Plumwood Mountain, Running Dog, The Lifted Brow and Hobart among others. Rory lives on unceded Gadigal land. For more information visit:

Cecile Richard is a graphic designer, illustrator, zine maker and game designer living in Melbourne. Their personal work often revolves around memory, connection and belonging. They like birds and AFL.

Hannah Jenkins is an arts writer and poet specialising in digital platforms and online writing experiments. They are currently Assistant Editor & Poetry Editor of the online arts platform Running Dog, commissioning creative and challenging arts criticism, and overseeing the poetry micro-residency program. Hannah is also a co-director at Firstdraft and a strategic communication professional at UTS. You can find Hannah’s work in Overland, Runway, Scum Mag and much more.


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


Toolkits: Digital Storytelling is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.