A place for thinking
A place for writing
A place for conversation

Varuna, the National Writers House is a creative retreat and writers’ network for Australian stories and ideas.  We support bringing rigour and commitment to the writing craft; building a respectful and inclusive community; valuing of heritage and place; and making writing and creativity matter.

  • News



    Varuna News is where you'll find the latest information about programs, awards, residencies, events and workshops.

    Alumni News is where you'll find out about new works and news of Varuna's alumni.

    The Varuna Alumni Monthly Feature of interviews and articles edited by Diana Jenkins.

  • Thanks



    Varuna, the Writers House is assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council for the Arts and by the NSW Government through Arts NSW.


    CAL Cultural Fund Logo Supports Writing for Creative Audio Residency Masterclass 2014 – 2016.

  • Friends of Mick


    Friends of Mick


    We acknowledge the gift to Australian literature in the life of Mick Dark, 14 February 1929 - 11 July 2015.

    The Mick Dark Memorial Fund (Friends of Mick) celebrates the life of Mick Dark.