INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative now open for 2022-23 applications

Developed in partnership with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, the INSPIRE Writers in Residence initiative is being offered for a third year. Applications are now open.

INSPIRE is an exciting opportunity for Western Australian writers to undertake a residency in one of 6 National Trust places in the Perth metropolitan area between October 2022 and April 2023. Each residency comes with a $5,000 stipend.

The initiative provides the writers opportunities in developing research, creative and professional development, encouraging excellence in writing and nurturing connections with potential publishers.

INSPIRE residencies are open to established and emerging Western Australian writers of non-fiction, history, creative fiction, novels, short stories, poetry, graphic illustrators and digital content creators (such as podcasts and blogs). Collaborating writers, or small groups, may apply but must share one stipend per residency.

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

Writers with disability are also encouraged to apply. While each heritage residency has historical physical limitations, however the National Trust will endeavour to meet your access needs wherever possible.

Writers must be 18 or over to be considered for a residency and can choose from potential residencies at Woodbridge, East Perth Cemeteries, Peninsula Farm, No1 Pump Station, ANZAC Cottage and Curtin Family Home.

The residencies will be up to three weeks (15 days) in duration. The National Trust will negotiate with the writers how they wish to use their allotted time, which can be in a full-time three-week block or on a part-time basis across a longer timeframe.

The writers will be asked to engage with the public, writing industry and/or community of interest to consult, research, present or demonstrate their explorations and research findings undertaken while at the heritage place. Opportunities may include participating in the National Trust’s annual Australian Heritage Festival or other public forum.

Applications for residencies in 2022–23 will close Sunday 11 September 2022. Applications will be accepted electronically only and must be received by midnight. Successful applicants will be notified in October 2022.

For further information please contact Ricky Arnold, Writer in Residence Program Coordinator.

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