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. 



Anna Kate Blair | Toolkits: Fiction Facilitator

Anna Kate Blair is a writer from Aotearoa based in Naarm. Her work has appeared in Cordite, Slow Canoe, Landfall, Archer, Reckoning, The Big Issue‘s Fiction Edition, Meanjin, Good Weekend and other places. She holds a PhD in History of Art and Architecture from the University of Cambridge. Her first novel, The Modern, was published by Scribner in September 2023.

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