ANNOUNCING TOOLKITS: LIVE
WITH OMAR MUSA, TONY BIRCH, ELENA GOMEZ,
EVELYN ARALUEN AND BELLA LI
Express Media is pleased to present Toolkits: Live, a series of live streamed events for young writers across Australia to kickstart their creative writing.
Toolkits is a program in which a select group of young writers develop their skills in a unique and exciting online environment, with facilitators Jennifer Down and Melody Paloma.
But Toolkits doesn’t stop there. Toolkits: Live is an accessible online opportunity for all young writers to learn from the best and brightest wordsmiths in Australia. Through a series of live streamed YouTube sessions and an interactive social media conversation, participants can develop their writing skillset and hone their craft—all in the comfort of their own homes.
Participants will learn the ropes of voice, setting and editing in fiction from Omar Musa, Tony Birch and Elena Gomez, the history of Indigenous stories in poetry with Evelyn Araluen, and the intricacies of visual art and poetry with Bella Li. Toolkits: Liveoffers the opportunity to ask burning questions and engage live on social media, using the hashtag #EMToolkits. Best of all, the sessions are totally free and open to the general public.
YOU’RE THE VOICE (TRY AND UNDERSTAND IT) WITH OMAR MUSA
Whose story are you telling? How are you (or your
characters) telling it? What makes dialogue sound real? Join Omar Musa – poet, spoken-word superstar and author of the Miles Franklin-longlisted novel Here Come the Dogs – to look at strategies for crafting an authentic, strong narrative voice. Challenge your understanding of the ethics in storytelling and get in tune with sounds of your story.
TUESDAY JULY 11, 6:30PM
ABORIGINAL HISTORIES AND POETRY WITH EVELYN ARALUEN
Why is it so important to create space for Aboriginal voices in our literary institutions? Join Evelyn Araluen to explore the history of Aboriginal writers in Australian literature; from ancestral songs and stories to contemporary poetics; and learn why everyone benefits from the ethical representation and reception of Aboriginal writing.
TUESDAY AUGUST 1, 6:30PM
READY, GET SET(TING), GO WITH TONY BIRCH
Setting is about more than just a story’s location – it’s the time period, environment, climate, landscape and culture of your writing. How can we create a sense of place without physical descriptors? How can we write about places we’ve never seen, or make up our own locations? Can we write place as its own real and convincing character? Join award-winning author Tony Birch to discover the intersections between between setting and environment, and their relationship to place.
TUESDAY AUGUST 8, 6:30PM
POETRY AND VISUAL ART WITH BELLA LI
The relationship between poetry and visual art has a long and expansive history. This week we’re talking collaboration, interdisciplinary approaches and ekphrasis with Bella Li, to consider the various ways in which we can develop our poetry practice through incorporating the visual.
TUESDAY AUGUST 29, 6:30PM
EDITING AND SUBMITTING YOUR WORK WITH ELENA GOMEZ
Now that you’ve finished a draft of your story, what do you do with it? Join poet, essayist and book editor Elena Gomez to break down the nuts and bolts of fiction and learn how to edit out the guff and bring out the detail you need to make a story sing. Learn how to self-edit, refine and revise your work, the dos and don’ts of submission processes, and how to approach your favourite publications.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 5, 6:30PM