Writer in Residence program

About the program


Moreland’s Writers in Residence program provides a unique opportunity for three writers to develop their practice in one of Australia’s most thriving arts communities. This initiative was developed as part of Creative Capital – Moreland’s Arts and Culture Strategy – in recognition of the vital role writers play to the creative sector of Moreland. The Writers in Residence Program is considered by Council as an important opportunity to support Moreland’s local writers and promote their work.

The aim of the program is to support writers at all stages of their career with resources and space to strengthen their professional practice. In line with Council’s Human Rights Policy 2016 - 2026, the Moreland Writer in Residence program is also designed to encourage writers who face additional barriers in the development of their writing careers, such as writers with disability, female writers, LGBTIQ writers and writers from culturally and linguistically diverse communities as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers.

The Moreland Writer in Residence Program is available to writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama.

All types and genres of storytelling are considered, including children’s literature, script and screenwriting for stage, radio, television and film, and podcasts. The program is however closed to full time academics.

Up to three successful applicants will be provided with access to a studio space for a period of three months (within a period from January - May 2020) and an honorarium of $3,000.

Residency dates
A standard residency will operate on a three-month basis however a longer residency can be negotiated. There are no set dates for the residency: applicants will be asked to nominate their preferred residency period which must conclude no later than 31 May 2020.

Applications open                 1 October 2019
Applications close                31 October 2019
Assessment notification      29 November 2019
Residencies held                  January - May 2020

Before you apply, and for more information, read the:

Make an online application.


Assessment Process

  1. An Officer from the Arts and Culture Unit will assess each application to confirm that it is eligible. This officer will be the main contact officer for questions and assistance while applications are open, and this officer will not participate or have any authority or decision-making responsibilities regarding the assessment panel process.

  2. Applications will be considered by a panel consisting of Unit Manager Arts and Culture, Libraries nominated person, member Moreland Arts Advisory Committee, and up to two industry experts.

  3. The panel will be Chaired by the Unit Manager Arts and Culture.

  4. A report from the panel with recommendations will be made to the Director Community Development for endorsement.

Up to three residencies are offered on the strength and merit of each application. However, consideration is given to ensuring there is a diverse group of writers selected.

Moreland City Council encourage applications from artists from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, artists with disability, and artists from every culture, gender and sexuality identity, age and ethnic background.

Other Funding Opportunities

For information on other available Moreland City Council grants, head to the Community Grants program page.  


2018 program recipients

The inaugral round of Moreland City Council's Writer in Residence Program attracted over 50 applications. We would like to thank everyone who applied and congratulate our three recipients who have each been awarded $3,000 and access to a studio space for three months.

  • Emily Brewin - Novelist and East Brunswick resident. Emily has already started her residency, drafting her third novel from Sherwood House (Siteworks)

  • Kate Lefoe - Filmmaker and Coburg resident. Kate will start her residency after Christmas. Kate will be drafting a script for her proposed feature length film - Wicked Women.

  • Robert Skinner - Writer and Brunswick resident. Robert will be working on his book, due for publication by Black Inc in late 2019.

To stay in touch about future opportunities and all news related to Arts and Culture sign up to our Arts Moreland e-news.