Writers Victoria is excited to announce a new digital writers-in-residence program for writers who are carers in 2019, with help from the City of Melbourne Arts Grant. Primary carers face significant barriers to participation in the writing community due to their role and responsibility. This residency aims to support creative practice and enhance professional development in a way that respects the writers’ life circumstances.
Two residencies are available. The first residency, to run January to July 2019, is open now. The second residency, earmarked for a primary carer in a remote or regional community, will run July to December 2019 which will open later this year. Please check the website for more details in April.
The residency will provide paid writing and subsidised professional development opportunities including, but not limited to:
- mentoring and editing support
- fully subsidised participation in professional development workshops and seminars
- three paid commissions
- an opportunity to appear on a writers festival panel
- Funding for child care or respite care
- A stipend, paid in two parts
- A Writers Victoria membership
While open to all fiction or non-fiction writers, these residencies are open to primary carers only. The successful applicant will be able to work at flexible times and locations, and funding exists for respite or child care. Applications will close Wednesday 12 December 2018, and the successful recipients will be notified before the end of the calendar year.