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.

Up to three successful applicants will be provided with an honorarium of $3,000 and access to a studio space for a period of three months (between Dec 2020 - May 2021, dependant on COVID19 Health and Safety restrictions in place at the time of the residency).

How to apply for a 2020 Writer In Residence program

The Moreland Writers in Residence Program is open to emerging, mid-career and established writers including writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama, children's literature, script and screenwriting for stage, radio, television and film, and podcasts. The program is however closed to full time academics.

Applications need to be submitted online via Moreland City Council's Smarty Grants administration system. Council can accept video applications through Smarty Grants however please check with the Arts Officer for details on how to submit your video application.

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 2021.

  • Applications open 24 August 2020
  • Applications close 20 September 2020
  • Assessment notification Early November 2020
  • Residencies held December 2020 - May 2021

Before you apply, and for more information, please read the guidelines below:


Enquiries regarding this grant program should be made to Moreland Arts Grants.

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.

2019 program recipients

  • Millie Baylis - Writer and Brunswick West resident Millie will work on a memoir, Swimming Lessons about living with invisible mental and physical chronic illness. The linked stories/essays will examine memory, trauma and writing about the self.
  • Kamarra Bell-Wykes - Award-winning playwright and Fawkner resident, Kamarra will work on her latest play, WHOSE GONNA LOVE 'EM? directly inspired by her time living in Fawkner and her imaginings on the spiritual and historical significance of the local area; specifically, the Fawkner Memorial Park.
  • Koraly Dimitriadis - Daughter of Cypriot migrants, writer and lifelong Moreland resident, Koraly's novel, Divided Island gives voice to the rich migrant stories of our culturally diverse community.

2018 program recipients

  • 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.