Virtual Writer in Residence

Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature is now open for applications for our virtual writers in residence program

We will be placing writers from our sister Cities of Literature in 10 organisations across Melbourne, and Victoria this November. 

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, introductions to all organisations and facilitated further connections with Melbourne as a City of Literature.

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

Jump on the hashtag #VirtualWriterinResidence to see what last years cohort did!



  • Brimbank Libraries is is seeking a writer who is passionate about supporting people to tell their life stories. 

  • Geelong Regional Library Corporation is looking for a contemporary writer who can forge connections with, and inspire, the young and emerging writers in our rural and regional writing community.   
  • Emerging Writers Festival is looking for an emerging writer to connect with fellow emerging writers in Melbourne through experimental writing practices

  • Kill Your Darlings is looking for an essayist or cultural critic to feature in our dynamic online magazine, workshop and events program. 
  • Moreland City Libraries is looking for an author who is passionate about diversity and inclusion in their writing to connect with local creatives and our diverse community groups.  
  • Sticky Institute is looking for a writer interested in independent publishing and connecting with our local zine community. 
  • Werribee River Association is looking for a nature writer/poet to connect the story of our River to other rivers of the world. 
  • Writers Victoria is looking for a writer who is interested in creative ways of engaging with other writers and writing communities. 



You must be a resident in one of the UNESCO Cities of Literature.



Follow this link to express your interest in being a virtual writer in residence! For the application, we will need to know some details about you and your practice. It will also require you to answer these questions:

  • Which organisation would you like to be a resident of and why? You will also be asked if you have a second choice of organisation.

  • What would you like to do with the organisation? (You can choose from a workshop, written piece, appearance/panel or social media takeover). You will list each interaction with a 200 word description.

  • How will this virtual residency impact your professional development?

We recommend that you complete your application on a separate document before transferring any information to the form. 

You also have an opportunity to upload a bio and two testimonials which should speak to your suitability to do the activity you are suggesting.

DEADLINE is Midnight 28th of August 2022 (GMT).

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