We will be announcing successful applicants in the coming weeks

In 2017 the WestWords Varuna Western Sydney Residential Program offers Western Sydney emerging fiction, poetry and narrative non-fiction writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds the opportunity of a six-day residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Joining you will be Elena Gomez, editor at Text Publishing.

The residency will run from 2nd – 8th October, is limited to only four participants and includes:

  • a mix of mentorship, private writing time as well as social time for unstructured conversation.
  • One-on-one mentorship/consultation with Elena Gomez
  • Six nights’ accommodation at Varuna including meals

The residency is intended for the development of a current project where a significant amount of work has been completed. Prior to taking up the residency successful applicants will be required to submit the manuscript they intend working on. This is for the purposes of tailoring the mentorship to your needs.

For more information please contact:
Michael Campbell Executive Director, WestWords
E:  T: 02 8821 9178

To apply:
Please download the guidelines and complete the application form
Guidelines: WW Varuna_guidelines 2017
Application form: WW Varuna_application form 2017

Applications close midnight 8th August, 2017

Elena Gomez is an editor at Text Publishing. She has worked in book publishing for eight years, and has edited books in a variety of genres, including literary fiction, commercial fiction (such as crime, thriller and romance), memoir, history, cookery and young adult novels. In 2014 she co-judged the Seizure novella competition, editing Hoa Pham’s The Other Shore. Elena has spoken about book editing and publishing on a number of festival panels, such as the National Young Writers’ Festival, Critical Animals, the Emerging Writers’ Festival and the Society of Women Writers NSW.

Varuna, the National Writers’ House, is Australia’s only national writers retreat devoted exclusively to the development of the literary form. This iconic institution provides the perfect environment for concentrated writing, and has nurtured the work of hundreds of writers for over the last 25 years. Varuna’s residential program runs continuously throughout the year, with up to five writers, each with an identified project, invited to be in residence at Varuna at any one time.

Presented in partnership with Varuna, The Writers’ House