To all writers from our sister UNESCO Cities of Literature we are inviting you to put yourself forward to be one of our virtual writers in residence in November this year.  


From poets to playwrights, this is an opportunity to get to know Melbourne’s vibrant and varied literary community up close by spending November working with one of the many organisations that make us a City of Literature: 


Below is the list of hosts that we have and the simple point of inspiration they are looking for! 


    • Amplify Bookstore is looking to welcome a BIPOC writer who is passionate about uplifting and centring our voices and stories in their writing.   

    • Australian Tapestry Workshop is looking for a writer who is interested to connect with weavers, artists and lovers of textiles and tapestry to explore their surprising stories” 

    • Geelong Regional Library Corporation is looking for a writer who can connect with and inspire those interested in bold writing in order to connect with a younger audience. 

    • Melbourne Connect is looking for a writer interested in how innovation and technology are being used to tackle the grand challenges of our time by engaging with the work of other innovators. 

    • Melbourne Young Writers Studios is seeking a fantasy or genre writer to share their experiences and advice with our community of writers

    • Rawcus is looking for a writer or poet to explore topics alongside our Ensemble of performers with and without a disability. 

    • Royal Historical Society of Victoria would welcome a writer of any stripe to work with our curators to reimagine our collection through a creative lens. 

    • Writers Victoria is looking for a writer who is interested in creative ways of engaging with other writers and writing communities. 



Each writer in residence will be connected with their selected organisation and will require you to produce agreed upon content for the organisation. 


This content will be any three of the following (or three of just one of the following) 


  • a workshop 

  • a written piece 

  • an appearance/ panel 

  • a social media takeover 


The residency will also include opportunities for meetings with all the writers in residence and facilitated further connections with Melbourne as a City of Literature  


As one of our virtual writers in residence you will be paid $2000 (AUD) and you will retain all copyright for your work. 



Follow this link to express your interest in being a virtual writer in residence. You will be asked to nominate your choice of organisation and what you would love to do for and with them! We strongly suggest you have a look at all organisations and think of your interactions before starting this form. 


They are looking to be excited and inspired by your thoughts and the possibility of connecting with you! 


We invite you to explore any and  all of our hosts online but ask if you have any specific questions to ask the City of Literature office  


DEADLINE is Midnight Monday 11th of September 2023 (AET)