Applying for a Residency


A Varuna Invitation-by-Request Residency offers writers the opportunity to apply for a week's writing retreat at Varuna.

To be considered for an Invitation-by-Request Residency, you will need to have an identified creative writing project on which you are working as well as a commitment to an ethos of concentrated work and collegial support. Writer Development consultations can also be booked with one of Varuna's creative writing consultants, but you will need to be able to work in a self-directed manner.

An Invitation-by-Request Residency offers accommodation, all meals, and a private working space in the special environment of Varuna for $1,070 (including GST) per week. All Varuna residential programs (unless stated otherwise) run from Monday, after 2:00pm, to the following Monday morning, leaving by 9:30am.

There are two intake periods, from January to June and from July to December. Vacancies depend on availability in the house.

To enquire about taking a residency in either period, please complete an Invited Residency Request form (including a 10-page sample of your project) stating your date preferences.

If the nature of your project aligns with Varuna's purpose and your request is approved, you will be emailed a residency form to complete and return to Varuna with payment. Once your forms and payment are received, your booking is officially confirmed.

Dates available in 2019
January 14-21
January 21-28
February 18-25
March 4-11
March 25-April 1

To request a stay in 2019 (Jan-June), please complete an Invited Residency Request form.

Want more information?

For information about the Varuna, the National Writers House or for practical details about staying at Varuna please see residency details and staying at Varuna sections of the website. If you have any further questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you still want to know more about the experience of staying at Varuna you may enjoy this short video clip made by Mark Welker who stayed at Varuna in 2010.

Varuna's strength is the combination of being so well connected into Australia's vibrant literary community, yet offering a serene and undisturbed place simply to write.

The most productive and nurturing literary retreat in Australia, by far.

My writing has never been more productive or satisfying as during my Varuna retreat.

Meg Vann, June 2017

This has been one of my best experiences ever. I have never felt so inspired and productive. My plan is now to make this an annual event.

… I felt so comfortable and productive and the atmosphere helped me think about how to find my own voice within my non-fiction genre.

The character of the 1930s house was valuable for me, even the retro bathroom. The discussions about writing were so valuable.

The quiet was the most crucial thing and the windows and the bookshelves, and the access to local walks. Dinners were wonderful! An excellent system of self-serve during the day and fantastic home cooked shared meal at night.

Helen Proctor, August 2012

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