What constitutes nonfiction? How is memoir different to autobiography? What makes nonfiction different from other forms of art and writing? How do we write, research, and investigate stories that matter? What does the truth mean when writing nonfiction?


Express Media is proud to present the 2021 return of Toolkits: NonFiction, an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of writing non-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 the many and varied formats of non-fiction.

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 (which can be experimental, autobiographical, biographical or journalistic), explore the possibilities of collaborative work, and learn how to pitch work to publishers when they’re done.

The lead facilitator for Toolkits: NonFiction 2021 will be announced in the week of Monday 8 February. Participants also have the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best non-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 non-fiction, we want to hear from you!

Applications are now closed


Stephen Pham | Toolkits: Nonfiction Facilitator

Photo Credit: Leah Jing McIntosh

Stephen Pham is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Cabramatta. His work has appeared in Overland, Meanjin, Seizure, and Sydney Review of Books, among others. In 2018, Stephen received the Create NSW Writer’s Fellowship to commence his debut manuscript. Most recently, he worked on Sex, Drugs & Pork Rolls, a performance piece written in collaboration with Shirley Le, Winnie Dunn, and Omar Sakr. Directed by S. Shakthidharan and produced by UTP, it premiered at Sydney Festival in 2021.

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

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