Virtual Writers in Residence

The City of Literature Office is calling out for EOI for Host organisations for this year's Virtual Writers in Residence program. We will be placing writers from our sister Cities of Literature in writing organisations across Melbourne, and Victoria this November! 

Each writer in residence will be connected with their selected organisation and will be required to produce three agreed upon interactions for their Host organisation. Each Host organisation will be challenged with connecting their writer in residence with their organisation in a way that lifts them up from just being just a content provider. 

This interaction 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 Melbourne City of Literature Office will coordinate the callout, manage applications, provide each host organisation with a short list of possible to choose from as well as pay the fees of the writer.  

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


Here is a  snap shot of what some organisations did last year 

  • Emerging Writers' Festival had Edinburgh writer Rebecca Ferrier in residence who did an interview, created a video, and wrote an article for them 
  • F Project in Warnumbul had Nottingham Poet Leanne Moden conduct an online workshop, do a crossover panel between Nottingham and Warnumbul and wrote a Ekphrastic poem.  
  • Melbourne Writers Theatre had Manchuria playwrite Naomi Sumner deliver three workshops (Autobiographical Writing, Creating Verbatim Theatre, and Submission Tips for New Scripts). MWT also hosted a reading of Naomi’s latest script.   
  • Writers Victoria had Nottingham writer Jo Weston in-residence who ran a seminar on chapbooks, did a reading at a poetry event (in conjunction with Yarra Plenty library range Libraries), and wrote about accessibility post-lockdown.  

 EOIS close Monday the 11th of July at 9pm and are done here 

Contact us if you have any Questions?

This form is not saveable. It will take between 10 and 15 minutes. You will be asked these questions 

  1. How will our virtual residency program benefit your organisation
  2. What are you looking for in a Writer in Residence?
  3. and we need a brief description of the three ways you will connect your writer with your organisation