What is poetry? How do I write it? How do I get published?

Express Media, in partnership with Australian Poetry, is pleased to announce the 2021 return of Toolkits: Poetry – an online course in the forms, functions, histories and uses of poetry, combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshops, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new work.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative and young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop, and edit their writing throughout the course. Over a 12-week intensive, participants will explore the histories, language and the changing face of poetry, and be challenged to engage with the art form in unique and different ways. The program also covers specific forms of poetry such as sonnets, non-traditional constraint-based poetry, poetics of ecology and the everyday, as well as how to hone your poetic voice.

Toolkits: Poetry will be facilitated by Elena Gomez. Elena Gomez is a poet and freelance book editor based in Melbourne. She is the author of Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt, Body of Work and several chapbooks and pamphlets. She is currently Reviews Editor for Cordite. Elena will facilitate the program’s online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each young writer.

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

Become an Express Media Member!

Applications to Toolkits Poetry are free for Express Media/Australian Poetry joint members along with a number of other perks, events, and opportunities. If you’re not already a member, you can easily sign up here.

Note: Express Media is committed to access, so if you would like to sign up and are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us via info@expressmedia.org.au to be awarded one of our sponsored memberships.

Applications are now open and close 11:59pm Friday AEST 30th July 2021


Elena Gomez is a poet and freelance editor living in Melbourne. She has published a number of poems, essays and chapbooks, and her full-length collection, Body of Work, was highly commended in the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. She is currently Reviews Editor for Cordite.

Shastra Deo is a writer, academic, and video game enthusiast. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Writing and English Literature, First Class Honours and a University Medal in Creative Writing, a Master of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing, and recently submitted her PhD in Creative Writing. Her first book, The Agonist (UQP 2017), won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the 2018 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Her second book, The Exclusion Zone, is forthcoming from University of Queensland Press in 2023. Shastra currently lectures in Poetics and Creative Writing at The University of Queensland.

Pam Brown has been writing, collaborating, editing and publishing in diverse modes for decades now. Several of her many books of poetry have been on the shortlists and have sometimes won the prize. Most recently Click here for what we do (Vagabond Press) was awarded the ALS Gold Medal in 2019. In 2021

Pam’s imprint Never Never Books published her booklet of three long poems called Endings & Spacings. Pam has earned a living variously and spent a long period working in a sciences library at Sydney University. She lives on Gadigal land, Eora Nation.

Have a question?  Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer Jesse Oliver at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au


Toolkits is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. 

Toolkits: Poetry is presented by Express Media in partnership with Australian Poetry.