WestWords and Varuna the National Writers’ House have once again partnered for the WestWords Varuna Western Sydney Residential Program, offering four emerging writers from diverse backgrounds from Western Sydney the opportunity of a six-day residency at Varuna. Joining them will be a live-in mentor who will be chosen in response to the successful candidates so that the mentorship offered is tailored to the people and their work.

This highly competitive residency is intended for the development of a current project where a significant amount of work has been completed, and includes:

  • a mix of mentorship, private writing time as well as social time for unstructured conversation
  • Several one-on-one mentorship/consultation sessions with industry professionals
  • Six nights’ accommodation at Varuna including meals

Applications are open now, and will close on 13 June 2023.

The residency dates are Monday 18 to Sunday 24 September, 2023.

The residencies will be awarded to diverse-background emerging writers from Western Sydney who display exceptional promise in their writing style and the premise of the work. WestWords welcomes manuscripts from writers working in all creative forms, including fiction, drama, poetry, children’s books, and narrative non-fiction.

For more detailed eligibility guidelines and to access the submission portal, please click here.