Invited residencies – apply to stay at Varuna

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Are you looking for some quiet writing time? Have you always wanted to come to Varuna?

Who can apply?

Our residency program is open to writers from Australia and overseas. 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. 

When to apply?

Applications for the second half of 2019 close in mid-April. Applications for the first half of 2020 close in early October.

Dates currently available

Jan-June 2019: May 6-13, May 20-27, May 27-June 3, June 3-10, June 17-24 (poets), June 24-July 1.

July-Dec 2019: July 1-8, July 8-15, September 2-9, September 9-16, September 16-23, October 7-14, October 14-21.

What does a residency cost?

A residency offers accommodation, all meals, and a private working space in the special environment of Varuna for $1,070 (including GST) per week. (Note that if you have previously been awarded a fellowship, then you can apply for an alumni residency instead).

How do I apply?

You can complete a simple online application form here.

What is the selection process?

We will consider the artistic merit of your proposal, and the benefit of a residency to your project. We also consider the balance of emerging and established writers, and we also take into account access for writers with disabilities, First Nations’ writers, and cultural diversity.

About the house

Residency FAQ