The Melbourne City of Literature Office is seeking host organisations for this year's Virtual Writer in Residence program! 


These organisations will host writers from our sister Cities of Literature this November. Each writer-in-residence will connect with their selected organisation and produce three agreed upon interactions as an outcome.   

Participating organisations will be challenged to connect with their writer-in-residence in a way that lifts them up from just being a content provider. 

This interaction will be any three of the following (writers can do multiple interactions in the same form i.e. two workshops, one written piece): 

  • a workshop 

  • a written piece 

  • an appearance/ panel 

  • a social media takeover  


The Melbourne City of Literature Office will coordinate all the callouts, manage applications, and provide each host organisation with a shortlist of possible applicants to choose from. The Office will also cover the writers’ fees.   

The Melbourne City of Literature Office will also work with unfunded and voluntary organisations to cover any extra costs incurred during the program. 

This is an excellent chance for the City of Literature network to get to know your organisation! 

Here a snapshot of what some organisations have done previously 

  • Emerging Writers Festival worked with 2022 resident Georgie Fehringer from Iowa City of Literature to deliver three outcomes: an interview about their practice, a workshop about the poetics of space-making and an experimental essay on craft and writing.   

  • Melbourne Writers’ Theatre worked with 2022 resident Mykhailo Krupnik from Odessa City of Literature to deliver two workshops. He also delivered an early script reading of his new play ‘Melbourne Cat. Secret Weapon’—a recording is available here.   

  • Werribee River Association worked with 2022 resident Daisy Henwood from Norwich City of Literature, to deliver a two-part workshop, followed up by a written piece reflecting on the workshop. Daisy is currently in the process of recording poems for the Werribee River Association to use for film vignettes and Norwich’s National Centre for Writing will also publish Daisy’s written work on their website by end of July.   

  • Merri-bek Libraries worked with 2022 resident Anton Kurnia, from Jakarta City of Literature to deliver a panel about diversity and inclusion with local writers, as well as a short story reading accompanied by a Q&A about his experiences in Java.   

  • Sticky Institute worked with 2022 resident Bjargey Ólafsdóttir, from Reykjavik City of Literature to create two original zines, and delivered an online workshop where participants created their own zine. This workshop explored creativity, where ideas spring from and the process of play.   


Please do not hesitate to make contact with us about how this opportunity can work for your organisation

EOIs close Monday the 22nd of July 2024 at 9pm. Please apply here