Applications for the 2020 program are now closed.
The KSP Writers' Centre is proud to support the development of literary work by hosting a number of annual residencies for writers. Each year, we offer placements in the categories of NextGen; Emerging; and Established. 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 KSP's Alumni of writers, please see here.
KSP's unique residency program is designed to offer mutual benefits. Writers are gifted with a salary, CV credit, promotional exposure, and inspirational space to progress work away from the pressures of everyday life. As a resident, you will receive a welcome basket of goodies and the support of a full-time administrative officer plus access to Katharine's studio, library services, heritage walking trails, writing groups, WIFI and complimentary printing facilities. Writers-in-Residence are encouraged to sell their books at any KSP events during their residency, if applicable. Residencies are undertaken between February-November.
In return, Writers are expected to positively promote and represent the KSP Writers' Centre as an important resource for writers, before, during and after the residency, and raise community awareness of writers and writing. You will offer a skills workshop at the Centre or local writers' festival, author talk at a local library, visit with a minimum of one KSP writing group, readings at the highlight literary dinner, and the completion of a feedback report. NextGen writers are exempted from the author talk and writing group visit, unless they wish to. Scholarship writers are exempted from the workshop, unless they wish to. Scholarship writers are exempted from the dinner.
Regional and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) writers are encouraged to apply. Residencies are open to both Australian and international writers. Please note the residency does not cover travel expenses (with the exception of transport to and from any scheduled writers' festival, and the Perth airport, if required) or food (with the exception of the meal provided at the Literary Dinner).
Please read the category guidelines carefully to ensure your eligibility before applying.
Established - DEADLINE 30 JUNE 2019 - salary $2,000 AUS - CLOSED
One position available in 2020, full-time period of two weeks, plus the option to stay an additional third and fourth week with free accommodation. Dates negotiable. This position is sponsored by the KSP Foundation. Applicants in this category should have achieved major publication (at least three works, depending on genre) and demonstrated a commitment towards furthering the status and practice of writing among his/her peers and the community in general. Experience in the preparation and conducting of workshops and seminars is essential. Selected writers in this category are expected to progress a current project as well as contribute to the KSP community by: 1) delivering a three hour workshop on a topic that reflects the specific expertise of the applicant and a marketable topic for writers; 2) performing readings and audience Q&A at a literary dinner; 3) presenting a short talk and writing exercise at an appropriate KSP writing group; 4) completing an artistic report, statistical report, and publication report. Optional: 5) presenting an author talk at a local library.
Emerging - DEADLINE 28 JULY 2019 - salary $1,000 AUS - CLOSED
Two positions available in 2020, full-time period of two weeks. Option to stay an additional third week with free accommodation. Dates negotiable. This position is sponsored by the KSP Foundation. The Selection Panel will be looking for talented emerging writers able to show application to the craft of writing. It is expected that selected writers will have published at least one but no more than two full works OR have published a substantial amount of minor work in the print, visual or broadcast media and are working towards achieving their first major full-length publication. Selected writers in this category are expected to progress a current project as well as contribute to the KSP community by: 1) delivering a three hour workshop on a topic that reflects the specific expertise of the applicant and a marketable topic for writers; 2) performing readings and audience Q&A at a literary dinner; 3) presenting a short talk and writing exercise at an appropriate KSP writing group; 4) completing an artistic report, statistical report, and publication report. Optional: 5) presenting an author talk at a local library.
Invited Residency - DEADLINE 28 JULY 2019 - no salary - CLOSED
One or two positions available in 2020, full-time period of two weeks (dates negotiable). This position is sponsored by the KSP Foundation. Dates negotiable. An author or multiple authors from among the shortlist of Emerging Writer applicants may be offered the opportunity to undertake a non-salaried two week residency to support their work in progress. This position is exempt from workshop and dinner duties. This position is offered to a competitive applicant/s who would benefit from a residential stay at the KSP Writers' Centre.
Next Gen - DEADLINE 4 SEPTEMBER 2019 - salary $500 AUS - CLOSED
Two concurrent positions available in 2020, full-time period of two weeks from August - November 2020 (dates negotiable). Applicants in this category should be 25 years or younger at the closing date of application. The Selection Panel will be looking for talented young writers able to demonstrate serious application to the craft of writing. It is expected that selected writers have been or are currently involved in the writing sector, have some published material in the print, visual or broadcast media and are working towards achieving their first major full-length publication. Workshop proposals (one hour max, optional) will be delivered at a KSP writing group. Residents will also perform a reading at a dinner, and complete an artistic report.
Is there a cost to apply?
No, but you do need to be a current financial member of KSP to be eligible, or your application will be disqualified. See here to sign up. Note that interstate, regional and overseas applicants qualify for the 'Country' category. Also note that the WA Writers United (WAWU) collaborative membership does not apply in this instance.
What classifies as 'Regional' or 'Culturally and Linguistically Diverse'?
To classify as a 'Regional' writer, you must be based overseas or currently living in a remote area of Australia (see here for postcodes that qualify). CALD is a contemporary descriptor for ethnic communities. CALD people are generally defined as those who are born overseas, in countries other than those classified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as 'main English speaking countries'.
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Applying: What You Need to Prepare
In addition to reading the guidelines to determine your appropriate residency category, then answering all questions and signing the declaration in the online application form box below, you should attach ONE document containing all the neccessary support material, in DOC, DOCX or PDF format only. In addition, please also include a clear image of yourself which could be used for publicity (if successful). Ensure to adhere to page limits if specified.
The following should be incorporated into one document, with page breaks between sections:
Max two page Cover Letter expressing interest, also giving details of suitability and reasons for applying.
Details of the project you expect to be working on during the residency.
One page outline of your three-hour workshop proposal (include title and target audience) [required for Established and Emerging writers only; NextGen Writers should present an outline for a one-hour workshop suitable for presentation at a KSP writing group]. The Panel will be looking for a marketable workshop that reflects your particular area of expertise.
Your Writer's Curriculum Vitae, which should include any publication details (include title of publication, name of publisher, and date published) [and proof of age for NextGen i.e. copy of passport, birth certificate or driver’s licence], details of writing awards, residencies or artistic grants won, workshop/teaching/speaking experience, any community engagement in the writing sector, and the names and contact details, including email, of two industry referees.
Sample of current work to the equivalent of ten pages; this sample may be either published or unpublished material.
Any other information you think may be relevant to your application and which you think the Selection Panel should be advised.