Express Media is pleased to present Toolkits: Live, a series of live streamed events for young writers across Australia to kickstart their creative writing.

Toolkits is a program in which a select group of young writers develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment, with facilitators Jennifer Down and Zoya Patel.

But Toolkits doesn’t stop there. Toolkits: Live is an accessible online opportunity for all young writers to learn from the best and brightest wordsmiths in Australia. Through a series of live streamed YouTube sessions and an interactive social media conversation, participants can develop their writing skillset and hone their craft—all in the comfort of their own homes.

Participants will learn the ropes of writing memoir with Ellena Savage, cover writing illness and family with Amra Pajalic, learn how to write authentic dialogue with Holden Sheppard, and prepare your work for publication with Bridget Caldwell-Bright. Toolkits: Live offers the opportunity to ask burning questions and engage live on social media, using the hashtag #EMToolkits. Best of all, the sessions are totally free and open to the general public.

To see our entire catalogue of Toolkits Live resources head to our Video Resource page! 



Thursday 23rd April | Week 3A | Writing family, writing illness with Amra Pajalic: 6.00pm

In Week 3, we speak to author Amra Pajalic about the ethics and challenges of writing about family. Amra will explore the complexities of navigating culture and illness through memoir.

Thursday 7th May | Week 4A | Life as Research with Ellena Savage: 6.30pm

In this Q&A session with author Ellena Savage, we’ll explore how personal experience can inform and become research material in memoir. We’ll also discuss the interplay between confession and boundaries, and how to find a balance between the two.








Wednesday 22 April | Week 3A | All talk: Dialogue, voice and point-of-view with Holden Sheppard, 6:00pm

This week is for those of us who cringe when we have to write a conversation, or whose characters all end up speaking with the same voice, or who worry about how to pace dialogue. Anyone who’s wondered if they’re better off using first- or third-person. Anyone who’s wondered how to make their conversation snappy and realistic. Award-winning writer Holden Sheppard joins us to talk about all things voice—from writing authentic, compelling dialogue.

Wednesday 3 June | Week 6A | Polishing, editing and submitting your work with Bridget Caldwell-Bright, 6:00pm

The final week of Toolkits is devoted to preparing your writing for submission, ensuring it’s as polished as possible. Joining us is Jingili Mudburra writer and editor Bridget Caldwell-Bright to talk all things publication. How can you tighten up a story when you’ve read it a zillion times? What does a good pitch look like? What’s it like to be edited? …and any other questions you’ve got.

If you have any questions about how you can view and take part in Toolkits Live, email Express Media on

Toolkits is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.