Varuna's focus is on the long-term development of the writer's craft, skill and voice, and on helping the writer to discover the beating heart of their manuscript.

Varuna offers a range of programs with this focus in mind.

In this section you will find information about the following programs.

Program Overview of all of the programs that Varuna offers.

Residential Programs successful applicants are offered dedicated writing time to work on a project in a self-directed way.
Residential programs fall into the following categories:

  • Fellowships which include
    • Varuna Fellowships for Writing & Illustrating Retreats
    • The LitLink Residential Fellowship
    • Copyright Agency Fellowships for Indigenous Writers
  • Pathways to Publication, including
    • Varuna's Publisher Introduction Program
    • The Affirm Press Mentorship Award
  • Guided Programs, including
    • Varuna Focus Weeks
    • Varuna Writer Development Residencies
  • Apply to Stay, including
    • Applying for a Residency
    • Alumni Residencies
  • Residential Partnerships, including
    • Griffith REVIEW Contributors' Circle Award
    • Val Vallis Award for Poetry
    • NSW Writers' Centre Residency
    • Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency


Activities Programs, which are non-residential and include

  • Workshops
  • Writer Development Consultations


See Varuna News for current programs on offer.