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.
This residency is earmarked for a primary carer in a remote or regional community and will run July to December 2019.
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 as part of a writers festival
- 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 remotely online, and will have the opportunity to work in the Melbourne CBD at Writers Victoria if suitable. Funding exists for respite or child care. Applications will close Monday 13 May 2019, and the successful recipients will be notified the week of June 24.
The Only Connect Digital Writer Residency for Carers project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program.