INSPIRE: Writer in Residence Initiative 2020

The National Trust of Western Australia has partnered with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to establish writing in residence opportunities at National Trust properties.

This is an exciting opportunity to tell Western Australian stories. Be inspired through residencies at National Trust places and being exposed to their collections and multi-layered rich histories to create stories which resonate with our past, connect to the present and imagine the future.

This new initiative, INSPIRE, is a chance for Western Australian writers to undertake a residency in one of three properties in the Perth metropolitan area.

The initiative is open and responsive to writers’ needs, inclusive of emerging and established writers, and recognises the breadth of storytelling and writing genres Western Australia is known for.

The benefits of the residency centre on opportunities for research, creative and professional development, encouraging excellence in writing and nurturing connections with potential publishers.

Applications for residencies in 2020 close Monday 16 March 2020 at 11.59pm WST (midnight). Applications will be accepted electronically only.

For details on INSPIRE and how to submit your application, please follow the links below to download the information pack or to access the submissions page.



For further information please contact:

Ricky Arnold
Writer in Residence Program Coordinator

INSPIRE is proudly supported by

Information Pack

INSPIRE heritage locations

Samson House, along with its contents from 2 generations of the Samson family, was left to the people of Western Australia by Sir Frederick Samson. ‘Fred’ was elected to the Fremantle City Council in 1936 and became mayor unopposed in 1951. He remained unchallenged in that office until he retired 21 years later in 1972. His enthusiasm for the port city led to him becoming known as ‘Mr Fremantle’. His legacy includes a range of industrial developments and protection and reuse of heritage buildings.

Samson House was built for Sir Frederick’s father, Michael Samson, who was also Lord Mayor of Fremantle. Michael was the son Lionel Samson, one of two brothers who arrived in Western Australia aboard the Calista in 1829. They established an import export business which continues today making it one of the oldest family businesses in Australia.

Samson House, completed in 1888, is a well-known Fremantle landmark designed by Sir Talbot Hobbs.