Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program

We are seeking established writers for a unique 12-week Tasmanian residency in creative writing.

About the program

Applications are invited for the fourth University of Tasmania Hedberg Writer-in-Residence program, with the residency open to all established writers with professional publication record, in any field or genre, resident in Australia.

The successful writer receives $30,000, which equates to a $20,000 stipend plus self-contained accommodation in the heart of Hobart valued at $10,000. The writer will devote three months to writing in a quiet but stimulating environment, including their own office, in the University of Tasmania's gorgeous Sandy Bay campus. During the residency, as well as working on an original piece, the winner will engage with the University's creative writing students, emerging Tasmanian authors, and the broader Tasmanian creative community through a small number of workshops, masterclasses, and public talks in the north and south of the state.

  • Applications are open from 9am, 5 February 2024 and close 5pm, 31 March 2024.
  • The successful recipient will be announced early May 2024.
  • The residency is to be undertaken from 11 August 11 to 31 October 2024.

The residency is offered by the College of Arts, Law and Education and the School of Humanities at the University of Tasmania. The project is supported by the Copyright Agency's Cultural Fund.

Apply for the program below or contact program leaders Dr Emmett Stinson or Dr Robert Clarke.

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Applicants are required to provide:

  • A cover letter
  • A proposal outlining the project you will work on during the residency, indicating the current stage of development (maximum 1,000 words)
  • A statement outlining how you will benefit from the residency (maximum 250 words)
  • A short CV (maximum 2 x A4 pages)
  • A sample of writing (maximum 3,000 words which can be selected from one or more texts)
  • Please email your application as a single-file attachment in .pdf or MSW .docx format to Dr Emmett Stinson and Dr Robert Clarke. Include the subject line "Expression of Interest for 2024 Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program".

For further information, please contact Dr Emmett Stinson or Dr Robert Clarke.


Jane Franklin Hall

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The University of Tasmania is partnering with Jane Franklin Hall in providing the accommodation for the residency. Jane Franklin Hall is an independent non-denominational residential college located in in South Hobart, on one of Hobart’s many hills overlooking the city. Situated almost in the middle between the Sandy Bay and city campus, Jane is a 30-minute walk or short bus ride on the Jane Bus to all university sites in Hobart and the CBD.

The Hedberg writer-in-residence will have a self-contained studio apartment fully equipped for making meals, with a hot plate and convection oven plus all kitchen utensils, crockery and cutlery that might be needed. It will also have a washing machine and provision of bed linen, towels and equipment such as vacuum cleaners, an iron and ironing board and a television with unlimited wifi.

The writer-in-residence can also, at no extra cost, eat any meals in the dining hall, where residents are catered three meals a day throughout the year.

As part of living at Jane Franklin Hall, the writer-in-residence will have full use of all facilities such as the bus, the laundry, the tennis court, common areas and the Senior Common Room.

Frequently asked questions

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Artistic merit of the applicant's previous work;
  • Artistic merit and achievability of the proposed project;
  • Likely benefit of the residency for the applicant's professional development; and
  • How the applicant and the proposed project will benefit the Tasmanian creative community.
  • The successful applicant will be a current resident of Australia. Applications will not be considered from writers not presently residing in Australia.

During their term, the Hedberg Writer-in-Residence will:

  • Undertake original work;
  • Conduct a weekend workshop for emerging authors;
  • Conduct two masterclasses with University English and Writing students (in Hobart and at a northern campus);
  • Present a public talk/performance on a topic of their choice; and
  • Engage in other activities as negotiated with the Program Coordinator.

The program is open to writers in any field or genre (including fiction or nonfiction prose, poetry, script) with an established publishing profile in Australia (at least one major work published with a commercial publisher).

At the conclusion of their term, the writer-in-residence will submit a report on the experiences and achievements of the residency to inform the program's future development.

The program will provide one twelve-week residency, to be commenced after 1 August 2024 and completed before 15 December 2024. The residency will be based at the Hedberg, the University's state-of-the-art facility for the creative arts and other campuses.

  • Entries will be judged in confidence by the selection committee
  • The selection committee's decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into
  • The selection committee may select no applicant at their discretion and readvertise the residency

Will the University help me to find accommodation in Tasmania?

The University will provide accommodation in the Hobart CBD in one of its accommodation facilities.

  • A cash stipend of $20,000 will be paid to the successful resident for their participation in the residency, and to cover all of their costs (e.g. travel, travel insurance, etc)
  • Accommodation will be provided by the University valued at $10,000
  • Additional funds will be made available to facilitate travel around the state for the purpose of workshop in the north of the island
  • Office space, a library card, and printing equipment will be made available
  • The College of Arts, Law and Education will organise and coordinate all workshops and public events.

The successful applicant will be informed of the decision in early May 2024.

Selection committee

Robert Clarke

Dr Robert Clarke is the co-ordinator of the Hedberg writer-in-residence program. He is a senior lecturer who teaches in the English program in the School of Humanities.

He is the author of Travel Writing from Black Australia (2016), and editor of The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Travel Writing (2018), and Celebrity Colonialism (2009). His articles and reviews have been published in international peer-reviewed journals.

Robert's research foci include: travel writing, postcolonial studies, book groups, contemporary Australian fiction, representations of Aboriginality in writing.

He has also published on the scholarship of teaching and learning in English Studies, and digital storytelling.

Previous residents

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Michelle Cahill was the Hedberg Writer-in-Residence 2023

Michelle planned to use the residency to progress work on her novel, the story of an Indian sailor - or ‘lascar’ - who survives the wreck of the Brahmin off the King Island coast in 1854.

Michelle who is based in Sydney and of Indian heritage, has already spent time on King Island as part of her research for the novel. She said the Hedberg residency will allow her further access to important archives and cultural consultation with the local community.

Read more about Michelle


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