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 2020 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, a poet and editor based in Melbourne, and author of a number of chapbooks as well as the full-length collection Body of Work. 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 closed for 2020.


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.

Nandi Chinna works as a Research Consultant and Community Arts Facilitator. She was born on Kaurna country in Adelaide and currently lives and works on Bunuba lands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. With a background in yoga and meditation Nandi uses mindfulness and meditation, slow walking and immersion in nature spaces to facilitate creative writing. Nandi’s poetry publications include: Our Only Guide is Our Homesickness (Five Islands Press, 2007); How to Measure Land, (Picaro Press, Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize winner, 2010); Alluvium, (with illustrator Andrea Smith, Lethologica Press, 2012); Swamp; walking the wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain (Fremantle Press, 2014); and The Future Keepers, (Fremantle Press 2019). The Future Keepers was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premiers Poetry Prize.

Ella O’Keefe is a poet and researcher living in Melbourne on the lands of the Kulin nation. Her chapbooks to date are Rhinestone (2015, SoD Press) and It’s What We’re Already Doing (Shower Books, 2018), co-authored with Elena Gomez, Leah Muddle, Melody Paloma, Emily Stewart and Sian Vate. Her poetry has been published in journals and anthologies including; Overland Magazine, Text Journal, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Southerly, The Black Inc Best Australian Poetry series, Broadsheet: New Zealand Poetry and Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry Anthology. Her first full-length collection Slowlier is forthcoming with Cordite Books. She was the winner of the 2015 and co-winner of the 2018 Harold Tribe Poetry Award. She has worked as an audio producer for Cordite Poetry Review and is currently a reader on the board of U.K. poetry magazine Zarf



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.