The 2016ACT Writer-in-Residence 2016 is currently closed for applications.

What is the ACT Writer-in-Residence Program about?
This unique Australian residency program is open to Australian writers working in any form/genre, for example fiction (including young adult), non-fiction, and poetry. The program provides the selected writer with a stipend of $5,000 plus the provision of accommodation at the recently refurbished Gorman Arts Centre and an office at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MOAD), both in the ACT. The writer makes use of the resources of MOAD while researching and/or working on a creative project and is encouraged to engage with the creative community at the Gorman Arts Centre and its nearby twin the Ainslie Arts Centre; the writer is also required to propose and deliver a suite of community engagement activities as part of the residency.

Who the program is for:
The ACT Writer-in-Residence Program is for Australian author with (1) a national reputation, (2) significant publication history, (3) recognised in Australian awards, and (4) reviewed in the mainstream press and literary journals. 

This residency offers the successful writer the experience of living at the reinvigorated Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra, and working at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House.

The benefits to the writer include:

    1. immersion in the world-class collections, resources and programs offered by a significant national cultural institution (as well as neighbouring national cultural institutions);
    2. connection with the vibrant life and multi-arts opportunities of Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres; and
    3. time and space to create new work; and
    4. opportunities to engage with the ACT’s vibrant arts and cultural community more broadly.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $5,000 plus the provision of accommodation at Gorman Arts Centre via the recently refurbished ArtSit, and an office at the Museum of Australian Democracy. All other costs, including travel to and from and within the ACT and incidentals (meals etc), will be the responsibility of the writer.

The 4-week residency must occur in September of the year the program is held.

Applicants are required to nominate a community engagement program to be delivered during the residency. This may involve giving a master class, and/or a mentorship opportunity, and/or a community workshop, and/or a digital engagement experience.

Applications are assessed by a panel comprising a practicing writer of note, a representative from the Museum of Australian Democracy, a representative from artsACT, and a representative from the ACT Writers Centre. The panel’s decision is final and feedback to applicants is not provided.

The selection criteria is as follows:

  • the status of the writer;
  • the articulation of the project and how the residency will develop the project;
  • relevance to the objectives of the Museum of Australian Democracy; and
  • community engagement activities.

Preference will be given to writers who would not otherwise be able to access the ACT and its resources on a regular basis.

To submit an application, submit the following information to

  • a biographical statement (one paragraph);
  • a project proposal and a statement on how the residency will help the project develop (one paragraph);
  • a statement on the relevance of the project to the Museum of Australian Democracy (one paragraph); and
  • an outline of the community engagement activities proposed (one paragraph).

Applications close at 4pm EST on Friday 8 April 2016. For more information please contact Sophie Lovell at or phone 02 6262 9191.


The 2016 ACT Writer-in-Residence Program is an initiative of the ACT Writers Centre in collaboration with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House. The Program is supported by the ACT Government through artsACT.

The ACT Writer-in-Residence program is proudly developed and delivered at the Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra.


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