WSU-WW Writers in Residence program

WestWords and the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University are pleased to call for applications for two Western Sydney Writer in Residence positions for 2020, funded by a grant from the Copyright Agency Limited.

With COVID-19 disrupting all our daily and professional lives so too it has disrupted the plans for the proposed residencies. Consequently we are looking to vary the timeline and schedule of activities to meet these extraordinary times. 

REVISED DATES (delay of two weeks)
Applications close: 5pm, 17th May
Successful applicants will be notified by 12th June

The intent of the project remains the same. It is directly focused on giving early/midcareer writers (defined as at least one major single author publication with a recognised publisher) the opportunity to develop their professional skills and develop new work through a tailored program of activities. 

There will be two writers in virtual residence appointed for periods of three weeks each from September to December 2020. 

Then when situation returns to normal the residency will be in person at a time mutually convenient to the writers, Western Sydney University and WestWords. This residency will occur no later than the end of April 2021.

All other characteristics of the residency will remain the same:

  • Advertised nationally, and open to all Australian citizens, CALD and Indigenous writers will be encouraged to apply. 
  • Each resident attracts remuneration of $12,500. 
  • Applicants must demonstrate an affinity/interest in the diverse concerns and characteristics of WS. The writers will split their time between the Writing and Society Research Centre at WSU and WestWords (with outreach to multiple venues and campus across the region).
    • 55% of the writers’ time will devoted to their own projects and receiving personal mentorship by staff and other writers at WSU and WestWords.
    • 35% to mentoring young writers both at WSU and into WestWords’ schools’ engagement and affiliated writers’ projects.
    • 10% to community engagement through public readings and public events.
  • The residents will be given office space and library access at WSU and participate in Writing and Society events. At WSU the writers will receive mentorship and give mentorship to undergraduates in the creative writing major, work in seminars with students, make themselves available for consultation and lead a five weeklong undergraduate writing group. They will complete a commissioned essay for the Sydney Review of Books
  • At WestWords the writers will be asked to present masterclasses to school students across WS (min. x3 to min. 90 students), receive mentorship and mentor emerging writers and participate in public events.
    • This project directly sits within a staged support strategy aims to strengthen career pathways for writers at critical points in their professional development at junctures not otherwise catered for. This is done through robust links between organisations which amplify the impact of both.

     

Application process

  • You will be asked:
      • To demonstrate an affinity/interest in the diverse concerns and characteristics Western Sydney? (max 250 words)
      • How would this opportunity assist the development of your writing? (max150 words)
      • How would this opportunity assist the development of your career? (max 150 words)
      • Which genre best describes your writing?
      • What are your preferred dates for your virtual residency (between Sept and Dec 2020. In person residency to be negotiated with reference to COVID-19 Dept of Health advice)
    • You will also need to provide: 
      • A proposal outlining what project you intend to work on during the course of your residency, what stage it is at and where you want to take it. (max x2 A4 pages)
      • a CV (max x2 A4 pages)
      • A sample of writing (up to x5 A4 pages) Selection can be of one or more text)

    Applications open: 13th March
    Applications close: 5pm, 17th May
    Interviews with shortlisted candidates (either in person or via Skype/Zoom): Week beginning 1st June.
    Successful applicants will be notified by 12th June

    The applications will be assessed by a panel of three judges including:

    • a representative from Writing and Society Research Centre, 
    • a representative from WestWords
    • an independent assessor 

    Questions 

    Please contact, via email, either
    Anthony Uhlmann A.Uhlmann@westernsydney.edu.au
    or Michael Campbell Michael@westwords.com.au

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WSU-WW Writers in Residence program

The Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University and WestWords are pleased to call for applications for two Western Sydney Writer in Residence positions for 2020, funded by a grant from the Copyright Agency Limited.

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