What is poetry? What makes it different from other forms of art and writing? How do I write and publish my own poems?

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

Toolkits is first and foremost a practical initiative. During this 12-week program, participants 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, explore the possibilities of collaborative work, and learn how to pitch work to publishers when they’re done.

If you are a writer or artist aged 30 and under interested in writing poetry, we want to hear from you!


Become an Express Media Member

Applications to Toolkits: Poetry are open to those with a joint U30s membership to Express Media and Australian Poetry ($30). Members also gain access to other perks, events, and opportunities throughout the year – 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 apply and are experiencing financial hardship, please contact us via info@expressmedia.org.au to inquire about a sponsored membership.

Applications are now open and close 11:59pm AEST Sunday 20 August 2023.

APPLY NOW: https://expressmedia.submittable.com/submit/267017/toolkits-poetry-2023 


Facilitator – Brayden Gilmartin

Brayden Gilmartin is a writer and editor, currently practicing on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people in Naarm (Melbourne). They have completed an Honours in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne, with a thesis focusing on explorations of gender fluidity in digital poetry. In 2020 they completed a poetry residency with Running Dog, and recently were guest editor on Tell Me Like You Mean It, an annual publication of young and/or emerging writers published by Cordite Poetry Review and the Australian Poetry organisation. Their first poetry collection, Strange Animals, is published by No More Poetry Press, and they are currently working on a longer-form autotheory book.