WestWords-Varuna Fellowship

WestWords and Varuna have once again partnered for the WestWords Varuna Western Sydney Residential Program offering four western Sydney emerging writers from diverse backgrounds 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.

The residency will run from Monday 19th – 25th  October and is limited to only four participants and will include:

  • 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.

Key dates
Applications will open 1 June, 2020 and close midnight 16 July, 2020.
The residency will run from Monday 19th – 25th  October.

What we are looking for?

The fellowships will be awarded to 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.


There are no application fees or program fees associated with this program.

Click here for application form and to submit.