• arts & culture

18 May 2017

Applications are now open for Toolkits, Express Media's online creative development programs for young writers.

Express Media will present two rigorous 12-week programs for young writers aged 30 and under – Toolkits: Fiction and Toolkits: Poetry (presented in partnership with Australian Poetry).

Each program provides feedback from an established writer, specialised presentations from guest artists and the opportunity to network with other young people working in the same literary form.

In 2017, Toolkits: Fiction will be facilitated by Jennifer Down, author of Our Magic Hour and Pulse Points. Jennifer will guide participants through the art of storytelling and ethics, how to craft characters, plots and plans and how to polish work for publication.

Toolkits: Poetry will be facilitated by Melody Paloma, an established writer and poet from Melbourne, and the 2014 winner of the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Participants will explore the histories, language and changing face of poetry, and be challenged to engage with the art form in unique and different ways.

Participants will also have the chance to learn from some of the best working writers in the country, with guest artists Omar Musa, Tony Birch, Elena Gomez, Bella Li and Evelyn Araluen presenting online sessions for the next generation of Australian writers.

Toolkits is open to all young writers including high school and university students, regardless of level of written experience.

Young people living in outer-metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Australia are encouraged to apply.

Applications for Toolkits close on Wednesday 31 May.

Visit Express Media for details