University of Waikato & Creative NZ
Writer in Residence 2021 School of Arts Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences

Each year the University of Waikato invites applications for the position of Writer in Residence, tenable for twelve months from January. The salary is $53,300 jointly funded by the University of Waikato and Creative NZ, the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa.

The position is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, dramatists, and writers of serious non-fiction. Appointment will be made on the basis of a proven track record of publications of high quality, and on the strength of the applicant’s Residency proposal.

The Writer is expected to live in Hamilton during the tenure of the award. There are no teaching or lecturing duties attached to the award, the sole purpose of which is to give the Writer the freedom to write. It is expected the Writer will participate in the cultural life of the University.
Enquiries can be made to Assoc. Prof. Sarah Shieff, email: sarah.shieff@waikato.ac.nz
Closing date: 23 October 2020 (NZ time) Vacancy number: 400199


An award has been set up to enable a New Zealand writer of fiction, poetry, drama or serious non-fiction to become the University’s Writer in Residence in 2021.

This award has been created to foster New Zealand writing by providing a full-time opportunity for a writer to work in an academic environment. It is sponsored jointly by the University of Waikato and Creative NZ and is administered by the University of Waikato and should always be referred to as the University of Waikato/Creative NZ Residency. The selection of the successful writer will result from a recommendation made by a committee comprising members of the staff of the University of Waikato and of Creative NZ.

Applicants should be authors of proven merit, normally a resident in New Zealand, or New Zealanders temporarily residing overseas. There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but the following persons are not eligible to apply: employees of Creative NZ, members of the Arts Council, The Arts Board, Te Waka Toi and the Pacific Arts Committee, students of tertiary institutions working towards the completion of a tertiary qualification, staff of the University of Waikato or any persons who have been employed by the University of Waikato in the 12 months prior to the nominated closing date for residency applications and previous University of Waikato Writers in Residence.

Candidates should be New Zealand citizens or in possession of a Permanent Residence Visa. The Writer will be expected to
reside in Hamilton for the period of this appointment. It is expected that the Writer will take up the appointment in early January 2021. The award is tenable for twelve months, to 31 December 2021. The taxable income will be $53,300. The Writer will be provided with office space and computer facilities in the English Programme in the School of Arts and will be given access to university facilities including the university library. While it is not expected that the Writer will undertake any teaching during the term of this appointment, it is expected that the Writer will participate in the cultural life and vibrancy of the university. The writer is expected to provide an interim report on their residency in May/June, and to complete the report on their year within two months of completion of the residency. These will form the basis of the University’s reporting responsibilities to Creative NZ.

Applications should include:
1. Full name and address.
2. Details of published writing and work in progress.
3. Outline of writing project(s) to be undertaken during the period of appointment.
4. Present position and date by which you are able to commence the residency if offered the award.
5. Details of any writing qualifications and awards.
Direct enquiries may be made to Assoc. Prof. Sarah Shieff, email: sarah.shieff@waikato.ac.nz
Applications are to be made on the University of Waikato application form available from our website www.jobs.waikato.ac.nz
Vacancy Number: 400199
Applications close on 23 October 2020 (NZ time).

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