Please note - due to the current Covid-19 situation some of our residencies may be rearranged for a later date.
The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to support the development of literary work by hosting a number of annual residencies and fellowships. This is a unique program specifically for writers, currently one of only three in Australia. We currently offer placements in the categories of Established; NextGen; Emerging; Scholarship; Established; CALD Fellowship; Foundation Fellowship; 1st Edition Fellowship; and regular Fellowships. Our legacy of Writers-in-Residence spans almost 30 years and has produced hundreds of literary awards and publications across several genres as a result. For a full list of our Alumni of writers, please see here.
Despite a recent loss of funding, KSP is committed to continuing the program, with the support of the Shire of Mundaring and Friends of Katharine.
Meet KSP's 2020 Writers-in-Residence
6 - 18 Jan
Hayley Lawrence's first novel Inside the Tiger (published 2018), was shortlisted for the Vogel's Literary Award, won two Varuna residencies and was a Children's Book Council Notable Book for 2019. Her second novel Ruby Tuesday is being published in 2020.
6 - 18 Jan
Eleni Hale’s debut, Stone Girl, was published through Penguin Random House (May, 2018). It has received accolades including winner Readings Book Prize YA shortlisting for the NSW Premier’s Ethel Turner Prize and longlisted for the Davitt Crime Awards. Eleni was previously a reporter at the Herald Sun, she lives in Melbourne and is currently working on her second book.
Ellen Vickerman is a young, Brisbane-based writer whose work
is primarily concerned with interactions of place, space and identity. She's
using this focus to develop her current novel, TAPE, and hopes to pursue
postgraduate studies in creative practice.
3 - 16 Aug
Todd Hewitt is a writer whose interests lie within questions of morality and meaning. Todd has a degree in Professional Publishing and Writing and Creative Writing from Curtin University. He also currently studies a double major of Philosophy and Sociology at Macquarie University. He is working on a satirical novel.
26 Oct - 15 Nov
Eleanor is a writer, constant reader, writing teacher, critic and mother-of-two. She was born and raised in the US, Germany and Pakistan but now lives in Sydney, Australia (except for 2019, when she will be in the US for a year). Her first novel, What Was Left, came out in 2013 with Sleepers Publishing. Her second novel, Long Bay, was released in 2015. In 2018 her third novel, The Passengers, was published by Allen & Unwin.
8 - 21 Dec 20
Dr Eugen Bacon is an African Australian writer, a computer scientist mentally engineered into creative writing. Her stories have won, been shortlisted and commended in international awards. Recent publications: Writing Speculative Fiction—Macmillan (2019). Claiming T-Mo—Meerkat Press (2019). In 2020: A Pining (Meerkat Press). Black Moon (IFWG).
Katie Hale’s debut novel, My Name is Monster, was published by Canongate in 2019. She is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Breaking the Surface (2017) and Assembly Instructions (2019), which won the Munster Fool for Poetry Chapbook Prize. She is a former MacDowell Fellow and Wordsworth Trust Poet in Residence. She regularly runs poetry workshops in schools.
Meet KSP's 2020 Fellows
KSP's Fellows will reside at the Centre, two or three at a time, focussing on the progression of new work. They each receive a a welcome platter, subsidised stay, promotion, opportunity to network, and complimentary admission to KSP's writing groups, which also provides the opportunity for KSP's members to meet these wonderful aspiring and emerging writers.
Skylar J WynterUnpublished Writer Program
16 - 29 Jan
Skylar J Wynter is an aspiring author living in the Perth Hills. A member of KSP Writers' Centre and the Writefree Women’s Writing Group, she writes short stories, flash fiction and poetry that she sometimes performs at open mic events. Skylar is working on a poetry and fiction collection, and her first novel.
Janelle TuesleyKSP Foundation Fellow
3 - 9 Feb
Janelle has spent an excessive amount of time alone in the Australian
bush; for research, for fun, and to fuel her love of creating wilderness-based fiction. If declared missing, she’ll be exploring hidden forests and unearthing the memories of ancient landscapes, drawing a fine line between art and science.
Jay Lachlin AndersonCALD Fellow
2 - 8 Mar
Jay Anderson is a writer, editor, and arts worker. He managed Centre for Stories queer storytelling project, Bright Lights, No City, and sits on their Board. Jay has been
published by Margaret River Press and is currently completing a Masters in creative writing at Curtin University.
Les ZigPublished Author Program
2 - 15 Mar
Les Zig is a three-time published novelist – August Falling (Pantera Press 2018), Just Another Week in Suburbia (Pantera Press 2017), and Pride (Busybird Publishing 2017). He’s had three screenplays optioned, and unproduced screenplays place in various awards. His short stories and articles have appeared in print and digital journals.
Hellie TurnerKSP Fellow
2 - 15 Mar
Hellie is a veteran playwright/director/dramaturg with numerous awards and production credits to her name. She has written for all sectors of theatre, and teaches the craft of playwriting. She consistently mentors new and emerging playwrights having worked with new indigenous writers from Yirra Yaakin Theatre for the past decade.
Ben MasonKSP Fellow
6 - 19 Jul 20
Ben founded the Bunbury Writing Group. His short fiction has been published in magazines and been awarded and listed in national short story competitions. Home Invasion — his collection of short fiction — was long-listed for the 2019 Fogarty Award, for best-unpublished manuscript for a West Australian writer under 35.
Karen WishartUnpublished Writer Program
6 - 19 Jul 20
Karen is married with two adult children. She has been a primary school teacher for almost 20 years. As a quilt designer she has had over sixty original quilt projects published in Australia’s national quilting magazines. She lives in the Perth hills with her husband.
Sarah ObernFirst Edition Fellow
3 - 16 Aug 20
Sarah Obern is a writer, reader, tea drinker, wine enthusiast, dog lover and dreamer. When not living in the fantasy word created by herself or others, she can be found spending time with her beautiful family, watching MCU
movies, or taking her puppy for a walk along the Canning River.
Jacie AndersonFirst Edition Fellow
31 Aug - 13 Sep 20
Jacie lives on tea and laughter. She loves the ocean, books and Shakespeare in equal measure. She is currently working on her first novel as well as a children's picture book. Jacie lives in Perth with her husband, two sons and her faithful but neurotic dog, Peggy.
Khai VirtueKSP Fellow
31 Aug - 13 Sep 20
Khai Virtue is a Western Australian writer of historical young adult fiction. He has been a teacher, graphic designer and translator and can now be seen in a cardigan at a library near you. Khai is currently working on his first novel.
Kylie MulcahyKSP Fellow
Kylie Mulcahy has a Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing). She is a playwright, a published author of short stories and author of the children’s book Jake! Don’t Shake! Originally from Queensland, Kylie now resides in North West Tasmania.
DM CameronKSP Fellow
Debut novelist, D.M. Cameron, is an AWGIE nominated radio dramatist, award winning playwright and celebrated short film writer. Her novel, ‘Beneath the Mother Tree’ was hailed as a top Australian fiction read by the Adelaide Advertiser and described by the Australian as ‘a masterly evocation of place.’
Sarah MortonKSP Fellow
Sarah Morton is an SEO copywriter and content strategist based in Sydney. She holds a
Master of Arts in Creative Writing and is passionate about supporting Australian literature, volunteering on the Board of Directors at Writing NSW and attending a number of book
launches and industry events throughout the year.
Margaret MerrileesKSP Fellow
Margaret Merrilees’s novel The First Week won the Manuscript Award at Adelaide Writers’ Week and was shortlisted for a Barbara Jefferis Award, NSW Premier’s Award, and a People’s Choice Award. Her second novel was Big Rough Stones (2018), following two collections: Fables Queer & Familiar and Further Fables, which were also both online and radio serials.
Mark KeenanKSP Fellow
Mark is an engineer, a trail-runner, a father, and a husband. Mark is also a writer. He loves words and the impact of storytelling on individuals and communities. Mark writes across a range of genres and written forms.
Lucy FranklynFirst Edition Fellow
Lucy Franklyn is a Perth writer who lived for over a decade in Victoria. She writes about surviving the Black Saturday fires, place and belonging and her experiences of living on both the west and east coasts of Australia. She has had stories published by The Big Issue, Overland, The Australian (NewsCorp) Weekend Travel
and The Age (Fairfax) Traveller.
Karen AtkinsonKSP Fellow
Karen Atkinson is a writer of fiction and nonfiction. She has won awards for her poetry and short stories and published with Westerly, Spinifex Press and Magabala Books. Karen completed her PhD in English and Australian Literature at Murdoch
University in 2015. She lives in Denmark, Western Australia.
Tabetha Rogers BeggsKSP Fellow
Tabetha Rogers Beggs is the author of several published short stories, including the
award-winning When the Children Came. She is the former chairwoman of both WritingWA and the KSP Writers' Centre and continues to advocate for women in the writing sector and the workplace. Tabetha is currently working on her full-length novel.
Sharon BarbaUnpublished Writer Program
An ancient history graduate and dual Cecil & Rose Owen prize winner, Sharon Barba's passion for writing and history are lifelong obsessions. She enjoys travelling to exotic destinations, which also happen to have fabulous food, wine, shopping… and the occasional donkey..
Ashleigh HardcastleFirst Edition Fellow
Ashleigh Hardcastle is a Perth-based writer and psychologist, whose work has appeared in The Big Issue. She has been a participant in the CBCA Maurice Saxby
Creative Development Program and was a KSP Fellow in 2018. She is a Friends junkie and does hip hop dance to country music.
Esme WilmotKSP Fellow
Esme is a metallurgist, and writer of speculative and contemporary fiction. She is currently working on her first manuscript and was selected to participate in the 2019 KSP 1st Edition Retreat. When she is not reading and writing, she looks after her children, garden and tropical aquarium in Perth, WA.
Mary PomfretKSP Fellow
Mary Pomfret is a Central Victorian writer who has a particular interest in women’s writing. Mary believes that there is nothing so terrible in life that it can’t be transformed into art.