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Making Tracks: Perth

  • State Library of Western Australia 25 Francis Street Perth, WA 6000 Australia (map)
Making tracks Perth

Registrations for Making Tracks: Perth are fully booked but please click here to join the waiting list and we will contact you if a spot becomes available.

Express Media, in partnership with Propel Youth Arts WA, is delighted to present Making Tracks: Perth, a travelling pop-up workshop series and zine publication aimed at developing the work of young writers in Australia.

Over four workshops every fortnight, 10 young writers will meet with Voiceworks Editorial committee member, writer and poet Maddie Godfrey, to hone their writing skills and workshop a piece for publication. With two hours set aside for each workshop, the first hour will be reserved for teaching writing fundamentals including structure, tone, ethics and editing, and the second hour will be used to develop their own work. 

During the fourth workshop, writer, essayist and poet Rashida Murphy joins Maddie in conversation to speak to the local opportunities that are available for writers and provide an important networking opportunity.

Participants will learn how to work with an editor and also edit their own writing in preparation for publication in Making Tracks, an Express Media zine sharing stories from young people living in and around Perth. 

This workshop series provides opportunity for emerging writers to workshop their writing, create and nourish a local youth writing community and a direct avenue to getting their work published. Following the workshop series, each participant has a week to submit their work to Express Media ready for publication.

In 2019, Express Media presents Making Tracks in Wodonga and Perth. Making Tracks is free but registrations are vital. Each participant will receive a free Express Media Membership and four back issues of Express Media’s premier literary journal, Voiceworks, all valued at $75.

If you’re aged 14 to 25 with a love of reading, writing, and storytelling, join us for Making Tracks: Perth!

Making Tracks: Perth

Week 1 | 11am - 1pm | Saturday 6th July | Pilbara Room, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000
Week 2 | 11am - 1pm | Saturday 20th July | Pilbara Room, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000
Week 3 | 11am - 1pm | Saturday 3rd August | Room 202, City of Perth Library, 573 Hay Street, Perth WA 6000
Week 4 with special guest Rashida Murphy | 11am - 1pm | Saturday 17th August | Pilbara Room, The State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000

About the Artists

Associate Producer | Maddie Godfrey | @howtobeheld
Maddie Godfrey is a writer, poet and educator who aims to facilitate compassionate conversations about social issues. At 23, they have performed poetry at The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral (London) and Glastonbury Festival (2017). Maddie’s publishing highlights include Westerly Magazine, Button Poetry, Scum Mag and Cordite Poetry Review. In 2018 Maddie’s debut poetry collection, titled 'How To Be Held' was released by Burning Eye Books (UK). Currently Maddie is working with Propel Youth Arts WA as the Creative Coordinator of Youth Week WA 2019. They are also completing a PhD at Curtin University, focusing on feminist activism and prose poetry. Maddie is not a morning person.

Guest Artist | Rashida Murphy
Rashida Murphy lives in Perth, Western Australia. She is the author of the Dundee International shortlisted novel, The Historian’s Daughter (UWA Publishing). Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in Westerly, Open Road Review, Landscapes, OfIndian Origin, Southern Crossings, Veils, Halos & Shackles, We Will Be Shelter,and Feminine Rising.

Applications close 6pm Thursday 4th July.

For more information on how to submit your application, visit the Express Media website.

For all media inquiries, please contact Jes Layton, Communications & Administration Coordinator | 03 9094 7890 |

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