Jumpstart a Journal 2022


This July, the team at The Suburban Review are grabbing the jumper leads and helping you start up your own literary journal. Learn the ropes of editing, management, and production over three weeks, and collaborate on editing and printing Hills Hoist Volume 2, a journal of your very own!

“The workshop has been such an illuminating, encouraging experience and the care and skill involved in making this happen is really clear…”

“I’ve learned so much in such a short period of time, and the TSR team are just incredible!”

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11 – 29 July (online)
Limited numbers
$225 full / $175 unwaged or concession / $160 subscriber

TSR works to keep our local independent publishing sector vibrant, diverse, and equitable. But we don’t just do this by publishing issues of our own journal—we want to provide you the resources, knowledge, and experience you need to run your own show, too.

Jumpstart a Journal is a digitally-delivered course which equips you to start and run your own journal, zine, or publishing initiative. Over three weeks, the team at TSR and guest specialists will walk you through all aspects of journal production: from the technical craft of editing to finance, project management, and production. We’ll also discuss the tenets of ethical publishing, healthy author–editor relationships, and legal considerations such as licensing and copyright. You’ll receive three hours of class time each week through Google Classroom video conferencing, including lectures and small group tutorials, a set of reusable take-home resources to support your work into the future, and print and digital copies of the zine that we produce together over the course of the workshop. There will be a light homework load in addition to these hours of class time, primarily spent editing works for publication and communicating with your group partners. 

You’ll hear from guest speakers including Jacinta Le Plastrier (CEO, Australian Poetry) and Stephanie Ochona (Overland Literary Journal).

The program will take place on weekday evenings, so that it’s convenient for participants all over Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand, with session recordings available to be watched back as well. 

How is the workshop delivered? 

Jumpstart a Journal is delivered through the Google Classroom video conferencing and online learning environment, with options for session recordings if you can’t make a meeting, or want to revise. The workshop is limited to 18 participants.

What are the outcomes?

Participants will gain mentored, practical experience editing work for publication, and hear from sector experts around a range of relevant topics including management of small teams and projects, funding options including grants, sales, and community initiatives, printing options, and principles of ethical publishing. A set of written resources on these topics will be available for you to take home and reuse for your own projects.  Participants will each receive one digital and five print copies of the zine produced as the major project of the workshop.

Who should attend? 

Jumpstart a Journal is ideal for anyone considering starting or working with an independent journal in any capacity, or in learning more about publishing in Australia and New Zealand. You might be studying publishing or a related field, you might be an emerging editor, designer, or arts worker, a writer or artist looking to expand your skill set, or you could simply be somebody wondering if a project in this area could be for you. 


  • This workshop runs for 3 weeks.
  • It involves participation in virtual classrooms twice weekly, as well as some learning material to get through at your own pace.
    • Expect to commit 4-6 hours per week for the duration of the workshop. That’s 3 hours of virtual class time and 1-3 hours of homework per week.
  • You will be actively editing the work of real writers within the workshop.
  • You will be working in groups of 4-6 editors to craft one “chapter” of your journal.
    • If you are unable to attend more than 50% of the virtual class, please let us know at any point before or during the workshop and we will refund your ticket price and recommend you book in for a future session of the workshop.
    • Unfortunately, with the collaborative, team-based nature of the workshop, we won’t be able to cover all the content with you and would prefer to reschedule you in for a future session.
  • You will need to use Google Classroom.

All participants will receive a set of 5 limited print run copies of their magazine, as well as a digital PDF copy.

When will the workshop take place? 

6pm AEST Monday and Friday evenings 11–29 July, 2022; lecture-style sessions are on Mondays, with interactive group-work sessions on Fridays: 

Management: Monday 11 July (Guest speaker Jacinta Le Plastrier, CEO, Australian Poetry), group work Friday 15 July 

Editorial: Monday 18 July (Hear from TSR’s Managing Editorial Team for a full Q&A), group work Friday 22 July

Production: Monday 25 July (Guest speaker Stephanie Ochona, Overland Literary Journal), group work Friday 29 July 

Make sure you provide an accurate email address when purchasing your ticket.

Additional information


Editing, Managing, Production, No specialisation

Ticket Type

Full, Concession, Subscriber