Submission Guidelines
Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.
We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.
If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.
Nonfiction Guidelines
We recommend that you pitch your nonfiction work before sending it to us. For advice on how to construct your pitch, and write good nonfiction in general, check out our handy nonfiction guide here. Send no more than two nonfiction pieces (including pitches), each no more than 3000 words. If you are submitting two completed nonfiction pieces, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second completed nonfiction submission.
We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).
Those seeking to submit nonfiction pitches, fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories.

Deadline
Sunday the 31st of March, 11:59pm


Theme: Slug

The Romans defeated us but we were reborn: in cathedrals and Romantic poetry, in Bauhaus and Lestat, in teenagers heavy with black lipstick and eyeliner. If you made potions in the sandpit, grated acorns against concrete, pried itchybombs for their fluff, you may be one of us. Emos are welcome, Emotions are welcome, Emojis are welcome. Pack your Emily the Strange bag with your Vantablack dress: visual absence grown on silvery light. Fly with fruit bats. Run with Health Goths. An exercise in aesthetics, or an aesthetics in exercise? Sweating up patches where the black gets blacker. Let’s have a Goth wedding in a graveyard, pour witches’ salt around us for protection. Let’s honeymoon by the Black Sea, or the Black Forest if you don’t like sand. Let’s make eye contact in the gloaming. Let’s open the circle. Let’s survive the hungry sea of white noise. The beauty of darkness outlasts all; when the sun explodes into splinters there will be eternal night. Until then, let’s practice. 

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Vince Ruston for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

—Themed work: good
—Good work: better
—Good themed work: BEST
Rates of Pay
$100 per published piece.
Terms of Publication
Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media and Voiceworks websites, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines
 Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.
 We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.
 If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.
Fiction Guidelines
 Send no more than two fiction pieces, each no more than 3000 words. If you are submitting two stories, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second fiction submission.
 We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).
 Those seeking to submit nonfiction, poetry or visual art, please see the separate submission categories.

Deadline
 Sunday the 31st of March, 11:59pm
Theme: Slug

The Romans defeated us but we were reborn: in cathedrals and Romantic poetry, in Bauhaus and Lestat, in teenagers heavy with black lipstick and eyeliner. If you made potions in the sandpit, grated acorns against concrete, pried itchybombs for their fluff, you may be one of us. Emos are welcome, Emotions are welcome, Emojis are welcome. Pack your Emily the Strange bag with your Vantablack dress: visual absence grown on silvery light. Fly with fruit bats. Run with Health Goths. An exercise in aesthetics, or an aesthetics in exercise? Sweating up patches where the black gets blacker. Let’s have a Goth wedding in a graveyard, pour witches’ salt around us for protection. Let’s honeymoon by the Black Sea, or the Black Forest if you don’t like sand. Let’s make eye contact in the gloaming. Let’s open the circle. Let’s survive the hungry sea of white noise. The beauty of darkness outlasts all; when the sun explodes into splinters there will be eternal night. Until then, let’s practice. 

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Vince Ruston for the blurb~


Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

 —Themed work: good
 —Good work: better
 —Good themed work: BEST

Rates of Pay
 $100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication
 Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media website, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines

Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Mira Schlosberg here.
We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.
If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch. 

Guidelines

Voiceworks Online will publish fiction, nonfiction, poetry and comics designed specifically for a digital platform. This means interactive fic, code poetry, hypertext essays, animated comics… if it can’t be printed on a physical page, this is the place for it.

Please submit completed work as a ZIP file containing all of the images, code and other assets used in your work. Comics may be submitted as PDFs, JPEGs or ZIP files, and can be submitted with or without formatting code, it’s up to you! Pitches may be submitted as Word documents or PDFs, or as ZIP files if they contain multiple elements.

For programmable works we accept HTML-based work, including those with CSS and Javascript code. Work that relies on external APIS or server-side code may run into issues on our publishing platform, and will be published at the online editors’ discretion. 

Please send no more than two pieces at a time. Word limits are as follows:

Fiction and nonfiction - no more than 3000 words

Poetry - no more than 100 lines

Comics - no more than 10 pages

If you are submitting two pieces, please upload them both in this submission (as two separate documents), rather than creating a second submission.

If you aren’t sure if what you’re working on is the right fit for us, or if you want some guidance developing an idea, please feel free to send us a pitch.


Those seeking to submit work to the print magazine, please see the separate submission categories. 

Rates of Pay

$100-$150 per published piece, depending on length and format 

Terms of Publication

Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media and Voiceworks websites, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines
 Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

 We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.
 If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.
 Pitching to Voiceworks
 Before submitting your pitch/es, we strongly recommend reading our nonfiction guide here, which has advice on what we look for in nonfiction submissions and how to write good nonfiction in general. Here's the bit on how to construct your pitch:
 The best pitches include detail! Clearly lay out your angle and argument, and provide specific examples of the research and anecdotes you’ll draw upon. Submit a document addressing the questions below, along with a 300-word sample from the start of the piece if you have one.

 

  • What is your key point or argument?
  • What is your particular angle?
  • What is the logical and structural progression of your piece?
  • Why are you the person to write this piece? Personal experience, willingness to research, etc.
  • If you need evidence, where did you get it from? What research have you conducted?
  • Why Voiceworks?
  • How long is the piece going to be?

  If your pitch is selected
 If we think the work you pitched would be a good fit for Voiceworks, we will (ideally) get in touch around two weeks after the pitch deadline. We’ll provide advice and direction on how to approach the piece, and request a full draft to be submitted around three weeks later. This isn’t very much time! Because of the tight turnaround, we prefer pitches that demonstrate some prior research, preparation and thought, so that you’re not scrambling to research and write an entire piece from scratch in a matter of weeks.

 Just to be clear, the full drafts we request are not guaranteed publication, but responding to our suggestions early on gives your piece the best possible chance.

Nonfiction Guidelines
 Send no more than two nonfiction pieces (including pitches and completed pieces). If you are submitting two pitches, please upload them both in this submission, rather than creating a second pitch submission.
 We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).
 Those seeking to submit completed nonfiction, fiction, poetry and visual art, please see the separate submission categories.

Deadline  Sunday the 17th of March, 11:59pm


Theme: Slug
The Romans defeated us but we were reborn: in cathedrals and Romantic poetry, in Bauhaus and Lestat, in teenagers heavy with black lipstick and eyeliner. If you made potions in the sandpit, grated acorns against concrete, pried itchybombs for their fluff, you may be one of us. Emos are welcome, Emotions are welcome, Emojis are welcome. Pack your Emily the Strange bag with your Vantablack dress: visual absence grown on silvery light. Fly with fruit bats. Run with Health Goths. An exercise in aesthetics, or an aesthetics in exercise? Sweating up patches where the black gets blacker. Let’s have a Goth wedding in a graveyard, pour witches’ salt around us for protection. Let’s honeymoon by the Black Sea, or the Black Forest if you don’t like sand. Let’s make eye contact in the gloaming. Let’s open the circle. Let’s survive the hungry sea of white noise. The beauty of darkness outlasts all; when the sun explodes into splinters there will be eternal night. Until then, let’s practice.
~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Vince Ruston for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

 —Themed work: good
 —Good work: better
 —Good themed work: BEST

Rates of Pay
 $100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication
 Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media and Voiceworks websites, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

Submission Guidelines
 Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

 We are only able to publish work by writers and artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.
Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). We accept simultaneous submissions, but please let us know if your work is accepted for publication elsewhere.
 If your submission is unsuccessful, we will notify you as soon as we can and then provide you with detailed feedback a little later. Feedback is written by a small group of volunteers and we receive a lot of submissions, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.
 Poetry Guidelines
 Please send no more than three poems, each no more than 100 lines in total, and combine all poems into one document. Check out some tips for strengthening your poetry submission here.
 We encourage you to submit across genres, but please send us no more than four submissions in total (excluding visual art).
 Those seeking to submit fiction, nonfiction and visual art, please see the separate submission categories.

Deadline  Sunday the 31st of March, 11:59pm

Theme: Slug

The Romans defeated us but we were reborn: in cathedrals and Romantic poetry, in Bauhaus and Lestat, in teenagers heavy with black lipstick and eyeliner. If you made potions in the sandpit, grated acorns against concrete, pried itchybombs for their fluff, you may be one of us. Emos are welcome, Emotions are welcome, Emojis are welcome. Pack your Emily the Strange bag with your Vantablack dress: visual absence grown on silvery light. Fly with fruit bats. Run with Health Goths. An exercise in aesthetics, or an aesthetics in exercise? Sweating up patches where the black gets blacker. Let’s have a Goth wedding in a graveyard, pour witches’ salt around us for protection. Let’s honeymoon by the Black Sea, or the Black Forest if you don’t like sand. Let’s make eye contact in the gloaming. Let’s open the circle. Let’s survive the hungry sea of white noise. The beauty of darkness outlasts all; when the sun explodes into splinters there will be eternal night. Until then, let’s practice.

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Vince Ruston for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good writing. Our motto is:

 —Themed work: good
 —Good work: better
 —Good themed work: BEST

Rates of Pay
 $100 per published piece.

Terms of Publication
 Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media and Voiceworks websites, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.

 Submission Guidelines
 We accept submissions to all areas of the magazine at all times. Please make sure you read the following guidelines closely. If you’re unsure about any of the guidelines, please contact Voiceworks Editor Mira Schlosberg at editor@expressmedia.org.au.

 We are only able to publish work by artists who are under twenty-five at the time of submission. Voiceworks only considers previously unpublished work (which includes personal websites and blogs). Please also keep in mind that because of our funding arrangements, we are only able to publish Australian writers and artists. However, international students are excepted from this.

  Visual art submissions include comics, illustrations, drawings, graphics, photography, etc. We recommend that you pitch your comics before sending them to us. For advice on how to construct your pitch, check out our handy guide here.
  We print in black-and-white (greyscale) and our page dimensions are 170 x 245 mm. Please supply your images at actual size and 300dpi. Please name your files—strings of numbers and letters are easily confused with other submissions.
  Please send no more than three pieces. If you are submitting more than one piece, please upload them all in this submission, rather than creating a second visual art submission.

 We will notify you as soon as we can with news on whether your submission has been accepted. Voiceworks is largely run by a team of volunteers, so we appreciate your patience. If you think something’s gone wrong, or you haven’t heard from us three months after the submission deadline, please get in touch.


Deadline  Sunday the 28th of April, 11:59pm

Theme: Slug The Romans defeated us but we were reborn: in cathedrals and Romantic poetry, in Bauhaus and Lestat, in teenagers heavy with black lipstick and eyeliner. If you made potions in the sandpit, grated acorns against concrete, pried itchybombs for their fluff, you may be one of us. Emos are welcome, Emotions are welcome, Emojis are welcome. Pack your Emily the Strange bag with your Vantablack dress: visual absence grown on silvery light. Fly with fruit bats. Run with Health Goths. An exercise in aesthetics, or an aesthetics in exercise? Sweating up patches where the black gets blacker. Let’s have a Goth wedding in a graveyard, pour witches’ salt around us for protection. Let’s honeymoon by the Black Sea, or the Black Forest if you don’t like sand. Let’s make eye contact in the gloaming. Let’s open the circle. Let’s survive the hungry sea of white noise. The beauty of darkness outlasts all; when the sun explodes into splinters there will be eternal night. Until then, let’s practice.

~Thanks to EdCommers Adalya Nash Hussein and Vince Ruston for the blurb~

Remember, you don't have to stick to the theme. Most of all, we want good work. Our motto is:
  —Themed work: good
  —Good work: better
  —Good themed work: BEST

Rates of Pay
  $100 for a single published piece or $150 for a multi-page suite.

Terms of Publication
 Express Media publishes work in Voiceworks on a non-exclusive, irrevocable and royalty-free basis. We require writers who will be published in Voiceworks to sign a licence deed granting us permission to publish work in the printed Voiceworks magazine, on the Express Media and Voiceworks websites, and for use in promoting our magazine. Writers retain copyright of their work and are free to use in whatever way they’d like in the future. Please only submit your work if you are satisfied with these terms. For more information about this, please contact us.
 

What constitutes memoir? How is memoir different to autobiography? What makes it different from other forms of art and writing? How do I write, research, and investigate stories that matter?

For the first time in 2019, Express Media presents Toolkits: Memoir, an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of writing memoir, combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new work.

Spanning a range of forms, good memoir is both challenging to write and rewarding to read. Over a 12-week intensive, participants join Zoya Patel to unpack the fundamentals of memoir storytelling, focusing on developing their work from conception to first longform-draft while exploring memoir styles, the ethics of representing real-life characters, and how to pitch your work to publishers. 

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. Young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course.

In 2019, Toolkits: Memoir will be facilitated by award-winning writer and editor, Zoya Patel. Zoya will facilitate the programs 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 memoir writers, with guest artists Carly Findlay and more TBA presenting live and online sessions for the next generation across the country.

 

Tuesday 12th March | Week 1 | Memoir 101: Formats & Styles
What constitutes memoir? How is memoir different to autobiography? Book-length memoirs can take several different forms: essays, narrative nonfiction, anthological memoir. In week 1, we explore the key facets of each different form, and discuss how to define the right format for your memoir.

Tuesday 26th March | Week 2 | Objectivity & Self-Editing
Editing Memoir can be harder to self-edit because of your proximity to the story. In week 2, we explore how to maintain objectivity, and practical tools for self-editing. We will also touch on resilience and messaging – how to separate the purpose and message of the book from the writer as a person. 

Tuesday 9th April | Week 3 | Part Memoir, Part Manifesto with Carly Findlay
In Week 3, award-winning writer, speaker and appearance activist Carly Findlay joins us to talk about writing her new memoir Say Hello. Based on her experience writing both this and compiling and editing forthcoming anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia (Black Inc), Carly will speak to her overt mission to empower other people with disabilities through her own story and what the real-life implications are of representing a community.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Tuesday 23rd April | Week 4 | Ethics & Other People’s Stories

What are the ethical considerations, both legal and philosophical, that you should consider when writing memoir? What duty does the writer have to protect other people who feature in their stories? What could be the possible fall out from writing memoir? In week 4, we discuss the ethical considerations to think about when working with other people’s stories.

Tuesday 7th May | Week 5 | Writing Family
In Week 5, a guest artist (TBA) joins us to talk about format, style and craft. They will talk to the specific techniques employed when writing about the complexities of family, loss and trauma.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Tuesday 21st May | Week 6 | Polishing, Pitching & Preparing for Publication
In the final week of class, we focus preparing participants to polish their own writing and ready it for submission—and beyond.

Now you’ve drafted your masterpiece, how can you polish it to make it the best it can be? Where should you send it? What are some pro-tips for submitting? How much What’s it like to be edited? We’ll hash out these questions and plenty more to get your manuscript ready for publication, including developing an outline and pitch document ready to send to an agent or a publisher.


Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you're not already a member, you can sign up here, then apply.

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 9am on March 1st. 

Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au

Regional Arts Victoria is a program partner on Toolkits: Live, and Toolkits: Memoir is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.

 What are graphic narratives? What is needed to create a compelling comic or graphic novel? What makes this different from other forms of art and writing?

For the first time in 2019, Express Media presents Toolkits: Graphic Narratives, an online course in the forms, skills, and ethics of creating graphic narratives. This program will combine theoretical approaches, practical exercises, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of their work.

Spanning a range of forms including familiar examples like comic strips, graphic novels, and manga, great graphic narratives are both challenging to create and rewarding to read. Over a 12-week intensive, participants join Mira Schlosberg to explore this art form in it’s many and varied formats and applications, and to discuss the history and innovations of this field of literary practice. Participants will hone their skills in textual analysis, create their own original work (which can be fictional, autobiographical, biographical or journalistic), explore the possibilities of collaborative work and how to pitch your work to publishers.

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. Young writers will be encouraged to create, write, workshop and edit their work throughout the course.

In 2019, Toolkits: Graphic Narratives will be facilitated by well respected comics artist and editor Mira Schlosberg. Mira will facilitate the programs 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 comics artists, with guest artists Rachel Ang and more TBA presenting live and online sessions for the next generation across the country.

Wednesday 3rd April | Week 1 | Time and Space

This week we start by discussing the basics: what is a comic? What pieces are comics made up of? And how can we use these pieces to create a physical world and convey the passage of time on paper?

Wednesday 17th April | Week 2 | Tools & How to Use Them with Rachel Ang

From ink to paint to digital drawing programs, choosing which materials to use when starting a new comic can often be a daunting task. In week 2, artist Rachel Ang breaks down the what and how of drawing and editing tools and how to find what works best for you.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Wednesday 1st May | Week 3 | Comics zodiac

Artist Nicole Georges has described the text box and image as the sun and moon signs of a comic. This week we talk about text-image relationships in comics and how to maximise meaning without adding too much information to the page.

Wednesday 15th May | Week 4 | Self indulgence
Personal writing in every storytelling medium gets a bad rap (read: gets criticised by men with bad taste), but there’s no denying that graphic memoir is one of the most important genres of comics. In week 4, a special guest artist TBA joins us to discuss writing and drawing the self.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Wednesday 29th May | Week 5 | Comics and community

This week we delve into the past and present of comics to talk about finding your space in the comics world (online and irl), collaborating with other artists and writers, and ethical storytelling practices.

Wednesday 12th June | Week 6 | Polishing and publishing comics

There are so many avenues for publishing your comics! In the final week of Toolkits, we’ll explore the many self-publishing options available to comics artists, as well as how and where to pitch or submit your comics for publication.

Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here.

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.

The only other things you’ll need are motivation and internet connection, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to refine your craft and be mentored by some of Australia’s best literary talent.

Applications are now open and close 5pm Wednesday 6th March.


Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au


Regional Arts Victoria is a program partner on Toolkits: Live, and Toolkits: Memoir is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
 

 Learn about story structure, character, setting and everything in between in Toolkits: Fiction.


Express Media presents Toolkits: Fiction, a step-by-step online program combining theoretical approaches, practical exercises, group workshopping, and one-on-one mentorship to guide young writers through the development of new works of fiction.

Over a 12-week intensive, participants will explore storytelling and ethics, learn how to craft characters, plots and plans and how to polish work for publication. With live broadcasts each fortnight and feedback weeks in between, Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative and young writers will be encouraged to write, workshop and edit their writing throughout the course. 

In 2019, Toolkits: Fiction will be facilitated by Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year, Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and Pulse Points. Jennifer will facilitate the online sessions and workshops, providing one-on-one mentorship and individualised feedback to each writer.

Participants will also have the chance to learn from some of the best working writers in the country, with guest artists TBA presenting online sessions for the next generation of Australian writers.


Thursday 18th April | Week 1 | Off on the right foot: Beginnings (and beyond)
This week, we look at structure in fiction, starting from the top. What makes a successful beginning to a novel or story? Where do ideas come from? How does research work if you’re writing fiction? What do we mean when we talk about the writing process—and how do you work out what yours is?

Thursday 2nd May | Week 2 | People of substance: Writing authentic characters
For some of us, character-writing comes naturally. For others, it’s one of the trickiest parts of the gig. But no matter whether you’re writing an epic historical fiction saga, post-apocalyptic YA, or Carmen Maria Machado-style spec fic, the people in your stories need to be believable and fleshed-out. In this session, we’ll talk about writing characters who stay with your reader long after the story ends.

Thursday 16th May | Week 3 | The good place: World-building, setting and atmosphere

In Week 3, a special guest joins us to talk about world-building, environment and relationship to place in fiction. How does setting inform a narrative—and its characters? How can we bring a place to life, even if it’s imaginary?

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Thursday 30th May | Week 4 | Description, imagery, style

It’s time to put your paragraphs under the microscope. In Week 4, we get to the nitty-gritty of sentences. What makes good (and bad) descriptive writing? What do we mean when we talk about ‘tone’ and ‘style’?

Thursday 13th June | Week 5 | The voice of reason: Dialogue, point-of-view and perspective

Emerging writers are often told to ‘find their voice’. But what does that actually mean? This week, a special guest will join us to talk about what it means to craft a convincing narrative voice, and write authentic dialogue.

Join the conversation and livestream this Toolkits Live event.

Thursday 27th June | Week 6 | Polishing, editing and submitting your work

The final week of Toolkits will prepare participants to polish their own writing and ready it for submission—and beyond. 

Now you’ve drafted your masterpiece, how can you polish it to make it the best it can be? Where should you send it? What are some pro-tips for submitting? How much What’s it like to be edited? We’ll hash out these questions and plenty more.


Applications to Toolkits are free for Express Media members. If you’re not already a member, you can sign up here.

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.

The only other things you’ll need are motivation and internet connection, so don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to refine your craft and be mentored by some of Australia’s best literary talent.

Applications are now open and close 5pm Wednesday 6th March.
 

 Have a question? Need help with your application? Send an email to Express Media’s Creative Producer at creativeproducer@expressmedia.org.au.

Regional Arts Victoria is a program partner on Toolkits: Live, and Toolkits: Memoir is generously supported by The Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.
 

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