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Tracks: Perth – a pop-up program for young writers

  • The Blue Room Theatre 53 James Street Perth, WA, 6000 Australia (map)

Express Media is delighted to present Tracks: a travelling pop-up program for young writers that brings the best of Express Media’s workshops, networking opportunities and special events to communities across Australia.

In 2017 we’re bringing the Tracks program to Perth, partnering with Westerly Magazine to bring the best of Express Media right to your backyard.

If you’re aged 14 to 25 and have a love of writing and storytelling, Tracks: Perth is an exciting weekend event just for you.

Across Friday and Saturday, you’ll learn from some of the best writers in Western Australia, taking part in hands-on workshops, finding out what opportunities there are for you in Perth and beyond, and discovering what happens when you’ve been selected for publication. You’ll also hear the work of some of Western Australia’s most exciting young writers, and meet the people and organisations that make the arts and literature community thrive.

Registration | 8.30am – 9.00am

Hi, Hey, Hello | 9.00am – 9.30am
Grab a cup of coffee and join us to meet other young writers like you.

Plotting, Planning, and Deconstructing Your Story with Annabel Smith | 9.30am – 11am
Stories always have a beginning, middle, end – right? Not quite. Get ready to map the existing narrative form in your work before we dive headfirst into deconstructing and creating non-traditional storytelling structures.

Crafting Character and Representing Real Life with Jennifer Down | 9.30am – 11am
Character is a key element of successful writing. What makes a memorable character in fiction and do you represent real-life people ethically? Do we have to be able to relate to all characters as a reader? How can you get inside your characters’ heads – when they came from yours? Explore strategies for creating believable, fleshed-out figures in your own work.

Place, Space and Perspective in Your Writing with Jennifer Down | 11.00am – 12.30pm
Explore the use of place and geography in storytelling, as we work through strategies to research, create, and communicate setting to increase its impact in your writing.

Paths to Real Life Storytelling with Elizabeth Tan | 11.00am – 12.30pm
Everyday is brimming with real-life stories that need to be told. Join Elizabeth Tan to learn the importance of working with truth and how you can construct, research, and write stories grounded in real life.

Lunch | 12.30pm – 1.00pm
After a big morning of writing, join us for a bite to eat before firing up your brain again for a jam-packed afternoon.

Graphic Narratives with Gabby Loo | 1.00pm – 2.30pm
Explore the world of illustration and comic writing and find out how you can communicate the stories that matter most through visual language.

Don’t Delete Your Browsing History: Research & Write Informed Work with Jennifer Down | 1.00pm – 2.30pm
How do you ensure your writing is accurate and realistic? Earn the trust of your reader and learn how to find all the answers you need with Google, real-life sources, and beyond to make sure your writing is filled with the correct, colourful details.

Pens and Pathways: Opportunities for Young Writers | 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Where do you start when you want to write? How do you get your work in front of a reader? Join Express Media and a line-up word-nerds from publications and organisations to find out what opportunities there are for you in Western Australia and beyond.

With Matt Norman (Said Poets Society), Propel Youth Arts, Catherine Noske (Westerly), Belinda Hermawan (WritingWA), Rosanne Dingli (KSP Writers Centre), Julian Hobba (Blue Room Theatre), Robert Wood (Centre for Stories), Lucy Adams (Voiceworks), and Fiona Dunne (Express Media).

Afternoon Tea | 3.30pm – 4.00pm

Next Steps: Editing and Publishing with Lucy Adams | 4.00pm – 5.30pm
What happens once you’ve finished writing your story? Is an editor just a grammar-pedantic wielder of a red pen? Unpack the relationship between writers and editors, how to prepare your writing for submission, and what to expect when you’re selected for publication.

Next Steps: Ready to Read and Perform Your Work with Finn O’Brannigain | 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Sharing your work with other people is always nerve-wrecking, but what happens when it’s also off the page? Join Finn O’Brannigain for a crash course in how to perform your work aloud to build your confidence, build your community, and improve your writing.

Best of all, Tracks is free for Express Media members to participate in and attend. If you’re not a member already, Tracks: Perth costs $25 and includes membership to Express Media (normally $25). Plus, the first ten participants to register will also receive a free one-year print subscription to Voiceworks (normally $60).



Jump to the Express Media website for more information and the full line-up of writers. You can also follow the event on Facebook.

Earlier Event: August 2
Aesthetica Art Prize 2017