Writer in Residence program

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.

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About the program

Applications for this program closed at 5 pm on Friday 1 June 2018.

Applicants were notified of the outcome on 11 June 2018.

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 are provided with access to a studio space for three months (between July 2018 and May 2019) and an honorarium of $3,000. 

Assessment process

Applications are considered by a panel consisting of Unit Manager Arts and Culture, a person nominated by Moreland Libraries, member of the Moreland Arts Board, and up to two industry experts.

Applications are assessed based on the following criteria:

  1. Likely benefit of the residency for the applicant’s professional development
  2. Artistic merit of a) supporting material and b) proposed project
  3. Achievability of the residency (ability to clearly demonstrate the planning, development and delivery of the project). 

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.