Each year, the Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation is proud to promote Western Australian writing by hosting a number of writers through our residency program. The residency program provides positions for established, emerging writers and young writers.
The ambience of the Centre is excellent for creativity and inspiration. 20-60,000 words are frequently achieved by our Writers-in-Residence in a four week stay, in between enjoying the interaction with local writers. See here for comments from previous writers-in-residence comments on their time at KSP.
The KSP Writer-in-Residence program attracts emerging and established writers and editors from WA, overseas and interstate. Writers reside in a private chalet located on the property, attend selected KSP writing group sessions, and are available for consultation to KSP-members by appointment.
The program allows each writer the time and space to progress their own writing projects, as well as to support local writers by participating in events at the centre and in Perth. The Writer-in-Residence also runs a workshop to share their knowledge and experience with the local writing community.
'It was like I opened up a door and stepped out of my ordinary world into a space where I could spread my wings as a writer within a warm and supportive community of likeminded writers. The KSPWC has a certain kind of magic, like a blanket of quiet contemplation is suspended over it, and it enabled me to dwell in my imagination and hear my characters' voices, picture my narratives and take the adventure that was writing this manuscript. I loved being a part of the various writing groups and hearing from so many different kinds of talented writers.' Threasa Meads, Emerging Writer-in-Residence 2012
This information is directed towards Established or Emerging Writers. Young Writers are not required to present a workshop or give mentoring, but are welcome to.
THE KSP WRITERS' CENTRE OFFERS:
- Workspace and accommodation in a self-contained retreat at 11 Old York Road, Greenmount, former home of Katharine Susannah Prichard, one of Australia's most revered writers.
- Alternative writing space in Katharine's cottage, a secluded garden-room especially built for Katharine by her husband in 1930 to escape the hurly-burly of the house.
- Access to the KSP and Perth writing community, with opportunities to attend writing group meetings as a guest or participant, and to conduct a workshop.
- Candle-lit, restaurant-style performance space to feature at a Literary Dinner, organised and fully catered by the Centre.
- Efforts will be made to promote the writer and the writer's work, especially in the local press, with the possibility of library talks and radio interviews.
- Visitor access to library services.
- Weekly salary and some transport.
THE RESIDENT UNDERTAKES TO:
- Positively promote and represent the KSP Writers' Centre, before, during and after the residency, and to raise community awareness of writers and writing.
- Further community awareness of the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers' Centre as a resource, helping to establish it as such for the future benefit of Western Australian writers and the wider community.
- Consult with the Centre's Coordinator and/or Board of Management in drawing up a program, which will include participation in the Centre's regular program and may include outside visits or workshops.
- Conduct one workshop on a topic in his/her field of interest over a minimum of three hours.
- Provide two hours of one-on-one mentoring to a select KSP writer. The Writer will be paid $50.00 to offer this service. (Optional).
- Feature at a Library Talk, with the opportunity to sell books. (Optional).
- Attend a minimum of 1 two-hour or three-hour session of a KSP writing group in your genre, and offer critique.
- Attend a minimum of 2 additional appropriate KSP writing groups for 45 minutes on an introductory basis only, where the resident can talk about their work, perform a short reading, and answer questions. This gives the resident the chance to promote their work and upcoming workshop.
- Give readings at one Literary Dinner at KSP, with the opportunity to sell books.
- Spend productive hours developing a work-in-progress.
- Write a report suitable for publication, which reflects the writer's experience while in residence.
- Complete an appropriate feedback report for the Board of Management.
THE RESIDENT IS EXPECTED TO:
- Consult with the Coordinator with respect to all matters relating to the residency, particularly in developing the Resident's program.
- Undertake other duties mutually agreed upon between the writer and the Foundation, such as promotional or literary events in association with KSP activities.
Applications for KSP's 2016 Residency Program are now closed. Applications for the 2017 program will open February 2016.
Established Writer-in-Residence: One position, full-time period of two (2) weeks. Susccessful applicants are offered the option to stay for two extra weeks immediately following the residency, with free accommodation and free of any contractual obligations. Salary: $2000.
The Established Writer-in-Residence should have achieved major publication and demonstrated a commitment towards furthering the status and practice of writing among his/her peers and the community in general. Experience in preparation for and conducting of workshops and seminars is desirable.
Emerging Writer-in-Residence: Three positions, full-time period of two (2) weeks. Option to stay for two extra weeks with free accommodation and free from contractual residential obligations. Salary: $1000.
Emerging does not mean beginner. Preference for one position will be given to a WA regional writer or a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) writer. The Selection Committee will be looking for talented writers able to show application to the craft of writing. It is expected that selected writers will have some published material, in the print, visual or broadcast media. Ideally, applicants should be working towards achieving their first major full-length publication.
Young Writer-in-Residence: Two positions, eligible to writers up to the age of twenty-five years, full-time period of 10 days in January 2017. Please note that applicants should be 25 years or younger at the closing date of application. The residents will be given writing space and time to concentrate on, develop or complete a work in progress. They will also receive a mentorship session with a local professional writer in their genre. The writer will also be invited to participate in KSP Writers' Centre activities. Salary: $500.
The Selection Committee will be looking for talented young writers able to show application to the craft of writing. It is expected that the writers will have some published material in the print, visual or broadcast media. Ideally, applicants should be working towards achieving their first major full-length publication. Applicants may conduct a one-hour workshop for Young Writers (aged 10-17) at the Centre during their residency. If the applicant wishes to do so full support will be given to that endeavour by the Centre. However, applicants who do not want to present a workshop will NOT be penalised.
- Established Writer for 2017 (1 position): June 2016 (date to be determined)
- Emerging Writers for 2017 (3 positions): July 2016 (date to be determined)
- Young Writers for 2017 (2 positions): September 2016 (date to be determined)
Applications without application form will not be considered.
These projects are funded by the Katharine Susannah Prichard Foundation Inc.
The 2015 Writers in Residence
- Established: Ron Pretty
- Emerging: Laurie Steed, Nathan Hobby, Anna Solding
- Young: Sarah Gates, Charlotte Guest, Kelly Palmer
The 2016 Writers in Residence
- Established: Angela Slatter
- Emerging: Melinda Tognini, Lorna Hendry, Chloe Higgins
Visit here for the writers' full biographies and schedule of events at KSP.