New Zealand’s national writer-residency organisation announces its 2024 International Residency with Australia

Media Release 20 March 2024


The Michael King Writers Centre in association with Varuna, The National Writers’ House in Katoomba, NSW, Australia is pleased to announce for the third time, a residency in Australia for New Zealand writers.

The writer awarded the residency will receive return flights to Sydney, four weeks accommodation and meals at Varuna and the opportunity to appear at the Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival. The residency is from 14 October – 11 November 2024.

Applications open Wednesday 20 March and close Monday 22 April 2024. For the application form and more details see:


  • We actively seek and encourage all writers – diverse in age, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, ethnicity, and perspective – to apply.
  • The residency is open to mid-career or established writers who have had a book published in the last two years.

An Australian writer will be selected to hold the reciprocal residency for four weeks in October at the Michael King Writers Centre in Auckland.

This International Writers Residency Programme is supported by Varuna Writers’ House and is a partnership between the Michael King Writers Centre, Verb Wellington Readers & Writers Festival, Varuna the National Writers’ House of Australia and the Blue Mountains Writers’ Festival, Katoomba.

Chair of the Board of Trustees, Melanie Laville-Moore says ‘The Michael King Writers Centre Trust is so proud of the relationship with Australia’s Varuna House. To enable a New Zealand writer the time and experience of writing in Katoomba is very special, as too the opportunity in return to host an Australian writer at the Signalman’s house in Devonport’.

For more information on the exchange see Michael King Writers Centre Website.

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