Varuna Focus Weeks

Are you looking for a way to get a head start on a new project, or some extra feedback on a work in progress?

Varuna has a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere – Varuna is your home for a week. You'll be writing, living and eating together with a group of four other writers.

Since 1989, Varuna has been offering writers time and space to write. In the beautiful world heritage-listed Blue Mountains, with expert tuition from Varuna consultants and the support of other like-minded writers, you can feed your imagination and let your stories flourish.

We've cultivated the ideal environment for your creativity to thrive. Time and time again, we hear how surprised and delighted people are by the results of their Varuna week, and how the experience has boosted their confidence and creativity long after.

A Varuna Focus Week offers a residential masterclass to writers with a shared interest in a particular area. Each Focus Week is limited to only five participants and includes a creative and stimulating mix of individual work time, facilitated sessions, one on one mentorship, as well as social time for unstructured conversation.

Focus Weeks are led by some of Australia’s best cultural facilitators including Vanessa Kirkpatrick (Poetry), Tegan Bennett Daylight (Short Story), Patti Miller (Advanced Memoir), Claire Corbett (Novel) and Siobhan McHugh (Creative Audio). Each Focus Week Facilitator will lead a unique and stimulating residential masterclass that promotes writing, conversation and creative engagement.


KIRKPATRICK Vanessa 2 Strictly Poetry with Vanessa Kirkpatrick


Residency Dates: Monday 30 October - Sunday 5 November 2017


Applications accepted from 26 July 2017 ~ Applications close 16 August 2017


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BENNETT-DAYLIGHT-Tegan-2Reading & Writing the Short Story with Tegan Bennett Daylight

Residency Dates: Monday 6 - Sunday 12 November 2017

Applications accepted from 2 August 2017 ~ Applications close 30 August 2017

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MILLER-Patti2Advanced Memoir with Patti Miller

 Residency dates: Monday 27 November - Sunday  3 December 2017

Applications accepted from 23 August 2017 ~ Applications close 13 September 2017

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CORBETT Claire 2

The Novel with Claire Corbett

 Residency dates: Monday 23 - Sunday  29 July 2018

Applications accepted from now ~ Applications close TBD

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McHUGH SiobhanWriting Creative Audio with Siobhan McHugh

Residency dates: Dates: Monday 5 - Sunday 11 November  2018

Applications accepted from TBD 2018 ~ Applications close TBD 2018

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