In 2018 the WestWords Varuna Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Residential Program offers Western Sydney emerging 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.

The residency is limited to only four to five participants and includes:

  • a mix of mentorship, private writing time as well as social time for unstructured conversation.
  • One-on-one mentorship/consultation
  • 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.

Varuna, the National Writers House is a creative retreat and writers’ network for Australian stories and ideas.  They support bringing rigour and commitment to the writing craft; building a respectful and inclusive community; valuing of heritage and place; and making writing and creativity matter.

To apply:

Applications closed. Successful applicants will be announced soon. 

Presented in partnership with Varuna, The Writers’ House