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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; UpComing; Emerging; Scholarship;  Established; and 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 the loss of long-term annual state government funding in 2015, KSP is committed to continuing the program with the support of the local government authority the Shire of Mundaring and Friends of Katharine.


Meet KSP's 2023 Writers-in-Residence



Emerging Writer-in-Residence

Natalie Damjanovich-Napoleon (D-Napoleon) is a writer and educator from Fremantle, Australia. She spent the last decade in the USA where she was a Coordinator at a City College Writing Centre. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, Griffith Review, Australian Poetry Journal and Writer's Digest. She has won both the Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize and KSP Poetry Prize. In 2019 Ginninderra Press released Natalie’s debut poetry collection First Blood. Recently Natalie completed her second poetry collection on motherhood and silencing of women's voices. Currently Natalie is teaching writing at ECU while completing a PhD on erasure poetry and historic amnesia.

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Mara Papavassiliou

Upcoming Writer-in-Residence

Originally from Perth, Mara Papavassiliou is a public servant by day, and writer by night. Mara currently lives in the Goldfields of Western Australia, where she is inspired by abandoned mine sites and the gothic landscape of the Great Western Woodlands. An alum of the Centre for Stories Mentorship Program, she is interested in literary and speculative fiction.


Rebecca Higgie

Emerging Writer-in-Residence

Rebecca is an award-winning writer from Perth. Her whole life has been spent in the company of books, with careers in libraries and universities. Formerly an academic at Curtin University and Brunel University London, she has published research on satire and politics. She has worked in the stacks of the State Library of Western Australia and fostered childhood literacy as the Library Officer at Guildford Primary, WA’s oldest public school. Her novel The History of Mischief won the 2019 Fogarty Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript

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Julienne van Loon

Established Writer-in-Residence

The Australian Book Review has recognised Julienne van Loon as “a writer and thinker for which the world of ideas is all the richer.” The award-winning author of three novels as well as the highly praised non-fiction book The Thinking Woman (2019), her work has made a significant contribution to Australian literature through its unflinching appraisal of contemporary Australian life. Her service to Australian writing and publishing includes more than two decades as a teacher and mentor to emerging Australian authors, regular engagement in public debate, and industry advocacy including a period as Chair of the Australian Society of Authors.


Myles McGuire

Upcoming Writer-in-Residence

Myles McGuire is a writer and editor from Brisbane, Australia. He has been published in Griffith Review, Voiceworks and Overland Online, and nominated for the Peter Carey Short Story Award. As a literary interviewer he has conducted in-conversations with Pulitzer Prize winners and New York Times #1 Bestsellers. He works as a librarian and teaches writing at the Queensland University of Technology.


Gemma Nisbet

Invited Writer-in-Residence

Gemma Nisbet is a writer from Perth whose work has appeared in publications including Westerly, Australian Book Review, Axon, TEXT and The West Australian, where she writes a weekly book review column. A PhD candidate in Creative Writing at the University of Western Australia, she has taught Creative Writing and Literary Studies at UWA and Curtin University, and has a professional background in travel journalism. Her first book, a collection of essays titled The Things We Live With, will be published by Upswell in 2023.

Meet KSP's 2022-2023 1st Edition Program Recipients


(in no particular order)

Meet KSP's 2023 Fellows

(in no particular order)

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