Writer in Residence Program Co-ordinator
The National Trust of Western Australia seeks a suitably qualified consultant to plan and implement a writer in residence program at National Trust places.
The National Trust of Western Australia aspires to awaken the community to the value of heritage. The National Trust is a statutory authority that works under an Act of Parliament, but at the same time it is also recognised as a not for profit, community based organisation and a registered charity. The National Trust works both for Government and for the community.
The Trust acknowledges its properties are situated on Aboriginal land across the state. The Trust recognises Aboriginal people remain the cultural and spiritual custodians of their land and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge. The Trust is committed to working with Aboriginal people to ensure these practices are recognised and included in the conservation and interpretation of its properties and Aboriginal people are consulted and involved in the development of Trust projects and programs.
The National Trust of Western Australia has partnered with Culture and the Arts at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries to develop a lively and engaging writer in residence program which will support and nurture emerging, early career and established WA writers writing WA stories.
The program is in response the DLGSC Writing Sector Review – establish writing in residence opportunities at National Trust properties
This investment in WA writers will encourage excellence in writing, foster professional development and nurture connections with potential publishers contributing to a buoyant and energetic local writers’ scene. Opportunities to encourage applications from culturally diverse writers will be a focus of the program.
In time, we anticipate the program will provide up to three residential or non-residential opportunities annually for Western Australian writers to focus on writing in an inspirational heritage setting. As National Trust places are recognised for their significant heritage values and the richness of their stories across time, writers will be selected on their proposed response to the place as a stimulus to tell Western Australian stories.
Several Trust properties are available for the program in the metropolitan area.