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

Express Media is proud to present the 2021 return of Toolkits: Fiction, an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of writing fiction, combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new work.

During this 12-week intensive, 8 young writers 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.

The lead facilitator for Toolkits: Fiction 2021 is Jennifer Down! Participants also have the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best fiction writers, 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 fiction, we want to hear from you!

Applications are now closed.



Jennifer Down | Toolkits: Fiction Facilitator

Jennifer Down is a writer, editor and translator, and the author of Our Magic Hour (2016) and Pulse Points (2017). Her new novel, Bodies of Light, will be published in October this year. She has facilitated the Toolkits: Fiction programme since 2017


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

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