2020 Writers & Readers in Residence – now open for applications!

Applications are now open for the 2020 Writers SA Writers & Readers in Residence Project, a unique chance for writers to connect with a regional or remote South Australian community, and undertake an artistic residency to work on their own projects for 2–4+ weeks.

Designed to activate reading as well as writing in regional communities and for the professional development of the writers involved, the project is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Writers SA will support at least two local authors to regional and remote areas of SA over the next nine months (residencies to conclude by September 2020) to host public events, deliver workshops, meet face-to-face with writers and readers, and discover new books with local readers. Writers SA works with local councils and community groups to build fully engaged itineraries with each resident writer.

Past recipients include Manal Younus, Karen Wyld, Jane Howard, Alexis West, Jennifer Mills, Royce Kurmelovs. Communities visited include Ceduna, Mt Gambier, Whyalla, Port Lincoln, Port Augusta, Roxby Downs, Berri and Renmark. Writers SA is interested in hearing from writers who wish to visit other parts of the state, including Kangaroo Island (must have a current drivers licence, car not necessary), Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY Lands), Millicent and Coober Pedy, and anywhere else SA writers wish to engage with community.

Community benefits include:
• Access to a professional writer for one-on-one consultations and advice
• Public events, social and networking opportunities, workshops and events presented by the writer at local venues
• Public and work-in-progress readings by the writer of their own, and/or others’, works

Writer benefits include:
• Minimum two weeks residency to work on a creative project from a public space within a library and/or community centre
• All accommodation, travel, per diems, and a writer’s fee including 9.5% super paid weekly upon invoice
• Meet new writers, readers and make meaningful connections with a regional or remote South Australian community

Apply here – closing Monday 6 January 2020


You must be a resident of South Australia.
You must be a Writers SA member (join now from $55 per annum).
You must demonstrate active involvement with the South Australian or Australian writing community via publication, performance or participation/membership.
You must describe the value of the residency and chosen location for your creative practice.

Terms and conditions:
If your application is successful, you must be available to travel between September 2019 and August 2020. If you have to cancel your trip, you must notify Writers SA immediately in writing. You will forfeit your place in the program with no monies or compensation paid to you. If not enough notice is given in writing, you will be responsible for cancellation fees on travel and accommodation.
You must submit an invoice and reporting paperwork at the completion of every week you are away. You must engage with the community and work to an active itinerary created with Writers SA.
Accommodation and mode of transport will be at the discretion of Writers SA. Car hire can be organised if you are over 25 and have a current drivers license. All fees paid to the writer are on a seven-day period at a daily rate. You are termed as a sub-contractor and therefore pay your own insurances and are not covered by Writers SA Workcover or indemnity. 9.5% super is paid to the writer’s bank account upon invoice however it is up to the writer to pay into a super fund. Total amount payable to the writer for a four-week period (not including travel or accommodation) is $8250.00AUD. Writer must enter into a written legal contract with Writers SA.

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