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 Toolkits: NonFiction, an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of writing non-fiction, combining theoretical approaches and practical exercises to guide young writers through the development of new work. 

During this 12-week intensive, participants 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. 

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

If you are a young writer or artist interested in non-fiction, we want to hear from you! 

Applications for this stream are now closed.


Hasib Hourani | Toolkits: Nonfiction Facilitator

Hasib Hourani is a Lebanese-Palestinian writer, editor, arts worker, and educator living on unceded Wurundjeri Country. His practice disrupts expectations of place, archive, and the relationship between the two. Hasib is a 2020 recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Scheme and his 2021 essay, ‘when we blink’ was shortlisted for The LIMINAL & Pantera Press Nonfiction prize and is published in their 2022 anthology, Against Disappearance. Hasib is currently working on a book of poetry about suffocation and the occupation of Palestine. You can find his work in Meanjin, Overland, and Going Down Swinging, among others. 


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