KSP Writers-in-Residence

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.

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Meet KSP's 2020 Writers-in-Residence

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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.

 

Unpublished Writer Program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.
KSP Fellow
3 - 16 Feb

Taonga is a Zambian born Australian raised poet, performance artist, workshop and project facilitator, and above all things, a storyteller. Her work is a safe space for
others navigating diaspora and focuses on vulnerability, healing, and identity.
CALD 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.
Published 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.
KSP 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.
KSP Fellow
23 Mar - 5 Apr

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.
Unpublished Writer Program
23 Mar - 5 Apr

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.
KSP Fellow
13 - 26 Apr

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.
First Edition Fellow
13 - 26 Apr

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.
First Edition Fellow
18 - 31 May

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.
KSP Fellow
18 - 31 May

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.
Unpublished Writer Program
18 - 31 May

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..
KSP Fellow
8 - 21 Jun

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.
KSP Fellow
8 - 21 Jun

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.
First Edition Fellow
6 - 19 Jul

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.
KSP Fellow
6 - 19 Jul

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.’
KSP Fellow
6 - 19 Jul

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.
KSP Fellow
3 - 16 Aug

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.
First Edition Fellow
31 Aug - 13 Sep

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.
KSP Fellow
31 Aug - 13 Sep

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.
KSP Fellow
31 Aug - 13 Sep

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.
KSP Fellow
26 Oct - 8 Nov

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.
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