About the Program

Australian writers are invited to apply for the Australia Institute Writer in Residence Program.

The program is a recognition of the value and importance of writers in our public discourse and an acknowledgement of the role that writers and storytellers play in shaping our national identity.

The program is open to writers of non-fiction but is closed to tenured academics — whose writings already receive institutional support.

For the writer, it gives an opportunity to focus single-mindedly on developing a stated project.

With generous support from the Australia Institute, this program aims to assist an Australian writer to significantly develop their next book during a period of residency.

The winning writer will undertake a residency of two weeks at the Australia Institute, including modest accommodation, and a stipend of $2,500 per week (i.e. $5,000 total stipend.)

The residency would culminate in a public talk about the writer’s work in general or a writing workshop.

Applications for the 2020 Australia Institute Writer in Residence Program are now open and will close 14 February 2020.

Details on how to apply.

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