Cells for writers

Our Cells for Writers program offers the unique opportunity to work in studios at Old Melbourne Gaol, right in the heart of Melbourne CBD.

O Henry used the time to write short stories. The concept of it inspired Lord Byron to write one of his most famous poems. Dostoevsky’s experience shaped his perceptions on life and his later literary works. Now Writers Victoria wants you to emulate these illustrious writers and go to jail.

There are two studio spaces available to rent for for periods of one month or more, and commence at the start of each calendar month.

Rates for the studios are low. From time to time, writers can be supported to undertake a residency in the Cells for Writers through our Personal Patrons program.

For more information

About Cells for Writers: who can apply, rates and facilities offered.

Cell photos: a sneak-peak at the studios

Contact us: for more information or to discuss your application.

Book a studio

Download: Cells Booking Request Form

Please note that our two writing studios at the Old Melbourne Gaol are both booked out till August 2017. But there are lots of vacanies after that. Email Sarah or call her on 9094 7855 to see which months are free. You can also go on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.