Australian Poetry, in partnership with Express Media, is pleased to announce Toolkits Connect: 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.


The program includes specialised presentations from guest artists and industry experts, the opportunity to connect with and learn from an established writer and network with other young writers in the same literary form, as well as to contribute to an outcome towards the end of the program (format to be determined by the group and facilitator).  


Writers will meet as a group with Maddie Godfrey fortnightly on Wednesday evenings, connecting young Australian writers and offering opportunities for skill sharing and development. These meetings will foster community, encourage writers to develop a regular working practice and open a space to receive encouragement/guidance. During the off-weeks, the group and their facilitator will connect and share their work via a private online Discord channel, fostering connection and establishing relationships across the full 12 weeks.  


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


If you are a young writer or artist interested in poetry, we want to hear from you!


Madison ‘Maddie’ Godfrey is a writer, educator, and emotional feminist. They are the author of ‘How To Be Held’ (Burning Eye Books, 2018) and ‘Dress Rehearsals’ (Forthcoming from Allen & Unwin’s JOAN Press, 2023). Madison has performed poetry at The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral, TEDx and Glastonbury Festival. They are a previous recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship, The Varuna Poetry Flagship Fellowship and a WA Youth Award for their ‘Creative Contributions’ to the state. Currently Maddie is completing their PhD and living on Whadjuk Noongar land. Their great loves include; the band La Dispute, the colour purple, and their rescue cat Sylvia.





Applications are now open and close 11:50pm AEST Wednesday 24 August 2022.



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


The Express Media Membership + Australian Poetry Digital Subscription (for under 30s) is $30 for an annual subscription (usually valued at $60).

It includes:

  • A copy of Australian Poetry Journal delivered to you by email twice per year
  • A copy of Annual Australian Poets Anthology delivered to you by email
  • Submission opportunities for AP publications
  • Appreciable discounts on AP offers and opportunities
  • A subscription to the AP monthly enewsletter


Australian Poetry and Express Media are committed to access. If you are interested in applying to Toolkits Connect: Poetry but are experiencing financial hardship please contact us via to be awarded one of our sponsored memberships



Toolkits: Poetry is presented by Express Media in partnership with Australian Poetry and is generously supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.