Learn about story structure, character, setting and everything in between.

Express Media is proud to present Toolkits: Fiction, an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of writing fiction, combining theoretical approaches and practical exercises to guide young writers through the development of new work. 

During this 12-week intensive, participants explore storytelling and ethics, learn how to craft characters, plots and plans and how to polish work for publication.  

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

Participants also have the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best writers, with guest artists presenting live and online in sessions for young writers across the country. 

Applications for the 2023 cohort have closed, but keep an eye on our socials for announcements regarding upcoming Toolkits streams!


Annie Zhang | Toolkits: Fiction Facilitator

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 The Big Issue, amongst others. She has edited various publications including Voiceworks,and is currently working as a book editor at Scholastic. 

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