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About the studios

There are nine writers’ studios within Glenfern, of different shapes and sizes.

What is included with my studio?

  • A desk, chair, overhead light, radiant heater and power points
  • Free car parking.
  • Access to a common kitchen including fridge, microwave, kettle and oven/stove-top
  • Access to the studio 7 days a week, 7am – 11pm.

Please note that there are no phone or internet connections in the building.

How long are the studios available for?

Licence agreements are granted for periods of either 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, and may commence at the start of January, April, July or October.

Who can apply?

The Glenfern studios are open to writers of all genres – fiction, non-fiction, poetry, play, film and television – as well as education and academic writers. Writers can be at any stage: beginning, emerging or established.

Writers Victoria members receive a discount on the monthly licence fees.

May I share my studio?

There are several larger rooms that are ideal for sharing. To share a studio, please fill out the Shared Booking Form below. Writers Victoria cannot assist with pairing writers.

Book a studio

To book a studio at Glenfern, please complete the booking request form and email it to Danny.

Download: Glenfern Booking Request form

Download: Glenfern Shared Booking Request Form

Special conditions

Respect must be shown for Glenfern’s other tenants through quiet use of your studio. Residential use is not permitted. Please see our sample licence agreements for full terms and conditions.

Download: Studio Licence Agreement or Download: Shared Studio Licence Agreement

It is a requirement of the National Trust that all electrical items brought onto the Glenfern premises be tested and tagged. This includes any laptop cords, extension cords, power boards and chargers.

United Tools in McKinnon offers testing and tagging while you wait on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 254 McKinnon Rd, McKinnon VIC 3204, 03 9578 2022. The cost is $6.60. For more information on testing and tagging, please download the document below.

Download: What is Testing and Tagging?

Writers are required by the National Trust to have a current Police Check (issued within the last six months) before commencing. A current Working With Children Check (WWCC) is not equivalent to a Police Check. A WWCC only covers convictions for crimes against children. The National Trust, who own Glenfern, require our writers to have a current Police Check as these checks cover all convictions for violent crimes plus any outstanding warrants. Please note that Police Checks can take between 10 and 20 working days and cost $46. You can apply for a Police Check on the Vic Police website.



  • Downstairs studios: $190 a month
  • Upstairs studios: $305 a month


  • Downstairs studios: $240 a month
  • Upstairs studios: $355 a month

From time to time, Fellowships are available to help pay for the cost of a studio.


Whilst Glenfern has ramp access to the main entrance, stairs littered throughout the building may prevent access to studios for those with specific requirements.

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