Are you an Australian writer looking for a writing residency for 2017?

Writing residency applications for 2017 at the National Library of Australia are now open.

The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing includes a stipend, a four-week residency at the National Library of Australia including office facilities and access to special collections, and staff expertise. A great opportunity to really immerse yourself in your creative development.

From the website:

The aim is to allow writers a period of time to immerse themselves in an aspect of the collections. This may be with the intention of developing ideas, narratives, settings or atmosphere, symbolism or imagery, creating social and historical context, or character development. Applicants will need to articulate their creative concept and artistic goals and demonstrate how they expect ideas derived from relevant collections to translate into their own creative writing.

The 2017 Creative Arts Fellowship in Australian Writing should aim to complete the residency by 30 June 2017, unless otherwise agreed, but is not expected to complete the literary work within this period. However, the Fellow will be expected to give a public presentation on the progress of their creative project within the calendar year.

The Fellow will receive during the residency:

  • $10,000, which can be used as a stipend for travel support and accommodation or for project expenses
  • Special access to collections and staff expertise
  • Access to office facilities and a personal workstation
  • Copies of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access conditions)

Fellows become part of the Library’s community of staff, researchers and friends.

Applications for the 2017 round close on July 1 2016.

For more information, terms and the application process, visit the NLA website.

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