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Varuna Residential Fellowships for Writers 2019

Varuna the National Writers’ House invites writers from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residential Fellowship.
A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers working across a wide range of literary forms and genres the gift of uninterrupted time to develop a new work in an inspiring environment and a collegial atmosphere.
Fellowships include full board and accommodation including a private writing studio at Varuna the National Writers’ House in the world heritage Blue Mountains region of NSW.
Varuna assesses applications on merit and clarity of work plan and encourages writers from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career development to apply.
Varuna will award 24 fellowships in 2018 with residencies of two or three weeks available to be taken between January and the end of May 2019.
“In no particular order, the things I most love: The respect for quiet and solitary work. Being fed beautiful food. Perusing the book shelves. The beautiful, inspiring and replenishing gardens and surrounds. The fire! The daily routine which requires writers to come together in the evenings. The house and its history.”
– Kate Mildenhall, 2017
“Varuna provides such a carefully considered and perfectly realised environment for writing that it is virtually impossible not to be productive here.”
Emily Bitto, 2017
“The consultation with Carol was great. She really listened to what I was trying to do, and her help and guidance put me in the right direction to make my work as good as possible.”
– Anna Snoekstra, 2017
“Varuna is a mecca for writers. Many authors seek to prioritise their writing; Varuna gave me permission to do just that in a tranquil, inspirational site where many a notable novel, poem or short story has first found its feet.”
– Laurie Steed, 2012
Applicants with health care cards will have their application fee reduced from $65 to $30. Applicants experiencing financial hardship may contact Varuna to discuss.
For full information about the Fellowships, please visit the Varuna Website.