Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence, University of Canterbury – open for application for 2021

Creative New Zealand Residency in Creative Writing 2021
College of Arts

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • 6 or 12-month fixed-term opportunity
  • Salary of $60,000 (for 12 months, pro-rated for 6 months)

What You Will Do

This fixed-term Residency has been created to foster New Zealand writing by providing a full time opportunity for a writer, or writers, to work on an approved writing project in an academic environment. The position is full time and tenable for up to twelve months at the University of Canterbury and is funded jointly by Creative New Zealand.

Please note, this position may be given to a single writer for a period of up to twelve months or split between two writers for a period of up to six months each. While there are no formal duties attached to the position, it is expected that you will hold a regular office hour for students and take part in the cultural life of the University.

Who You Are

You will be a published writer in one or more of the genres of fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and creative non-fiction. You will also have work published or produced by a reputable publisher or producer. Applicants should be authors of proven merit normally resident in New Zealand, or New Zealanders temporarily resident overseas. Appointment will be made on the merit of the proposed writing project or projects.

Who You Will Work With

You will work with staff in the English Department including specialists in Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, and Creative Writing.

For more information about the Residency, please visit us here.

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora – Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community, and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender, or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good, and determined to make a difference in the world.

For information about the range of benefits that UC offers, please visit us: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi – Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 18 October 2021 (midnight, NZ time)

How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter, resume, and any additional attachments combined into one document. The following details must also be included in your application: your background, including details of published/produced writing and work in progress; any qualifications and awards you have received; a proposal for the project(s) to be undertaken during the appointment; suggestions of ways you could contribute to developing students’ understanding and appreciation of creative writing; your present position; and the date on which you would be able to commence duties, if offered the position. Applicants should not send manuscripts or other works.

Please note, we do not accept applications by email; however, we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz.

Inquiries about the Residency may be made to Dr Erin Harrington, English Department, School of Humanities and Creative Arts (erin.harrington@canterbury.ac.nz).

Due to current border restrictions, you must have New Zealand Citizenship/Residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered for this role.


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