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Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program

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Gail Jones is the 2022 Hedberg Writer in Resident

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 UTAS Hedberg Writer-in-Residence will be acclaimed Australian author Gail Jones. Gail will commence her 12-week on 21 February 2022.

Read our Hedberg writing residency media release (PDF 189.6 KB) for more details.

We look forward to sharing details of Gail's residency in the new year.

Flowers and Moths: Reading and Writing in Dark Times, a Public Address by Prof Gail Jones

This talk asks how we value reading and writing in contexts of historical difficulty or personal darkness. Referring to the way bodies are recalled in fiction, it considers both reading and writing as paradoxically sensual experiences, linking narrative with memory, desire and the intensification of the world.

Against big things – illness, mortality, wars – it poses attention to the flimsy or small. Against exhaustion and meaninglessness, it suggests books are resources of energy, meaning, solace and pleasure.

View a recording of Gail Jones' public address: Flowers and Moths: Reading and Writing in Dark Times.

Magnets & Lightning Rods”: Join Gail Jones for a one-day workshop for emerging writers!

Time & Venue: Saturday 7 May, 10 am–4 pm, Vanessa Goodwin Room, Hedberg Building, University of Tasmania.

Numbers for the workshop are strictly limited. To learn more and to secure a place, book through Eventbrite. This is a free event.

About the program

The Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program at the University of Tasmania supports established Australian writers to develop a major new work. The program provides one twelve-week residency per year.

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 workshops, masterclasses, and public talks in the north and south of the state.

The successful applicant will receive a stipend of $30,000.

The stipend is funded by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund and the College of Arts, Law and Education, University of Tasmania.

Applications for the 2023 Program will open soon. Please return to this site for updates

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How to apply

Applications for the 2023 Program will open soon. Please return to this site for updates

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 Robert Clarke Include the subject line "Expression of Interest for 2022 Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program"

For further information, please contact Dr Robert Clarke, Head of English and Writing in the School of Humanities, on 03 6324 3032 or

Frequently asked questions

What are the criteria for selecting the successful applicant?

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.

What are the expectations of the successful applicant?

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.

What types of writing and experience level will the selection panel consider?

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).

Are there any additional requirements on completion of the residency?

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.

What are the dates for the residency?

The program will provide one twelve-week residency, to be commenced after 1 January 2022 and completed before 31 July 2022. The residency will be based at the Hedberg, the University’s state-of-the-art facility for the creative arts.

How will the judging process be conducted?

  • 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?

While the successful applicant is expected to make their own arrangements for accommodation during the residency, the University has a number of options that may be suitable. Applicants are welcome to contact the residency coordinator for further information.

What is funded as part of the residency?

  • A cash stipend of $30,000 will be paid to the successful resident for their participation in the residency, and to cover all of their costs (e.g. accommodation, travel, travel insurance, etc).
  • 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.

Selection committee

The selection committee for the 2022 Hedberg Writer-in-Residence program included, Dr Robert Clarke (Senior Lecture, English, School of Humanities), Dr Lucy Christopher (Senior Lecturer, English, School of Humanities) and Mr Robbie Arnott (author of Flames [2018] and The Rain Heron [2020], and the 2021 Hedberg Writer-in-Residence)

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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.

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Dr Lucy Christopher is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing. An award-winner writer for young people, Lucy’s research interests centre on creative writing, with specific focus on writing for young people, empathy, psychology, place, and ecocriticism. Lucy has taught in many countries and for many organisations, including residential tutoring for Arvon Writing Centres, Ty Newydd Writing Centre and for Loutro Writers. She established Mexican Writing Retreats; luxury creative writing courses run in the central highlands of Mexico. She frequently visits schools to talk about her work for young people.

Lucy has been a professional writer and academic in Creative Writing for over fifteen years. As an award-winning and best-selling author, with wide international readership; Lucy’s Young Adult books are published in over twenty countries. She has also written for children and adults, both in non-fiction and fiction, in short form and longer form, as well as for script and screen. Her books have won a Printz Honor Award, the Branford Boase Award, the Prix Farniente, the Gold Inky, the audience choice award for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book for Older Readers, and an International Reading Association Award. She has been shortlisted for the Australian Prime Minister’s Awards, the Costa Book Awards, the Waterstones Prize, and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

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Robbie Arnott was a 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist and won the Margaret Scott Prize in the 2019 Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Prizes.

His widely acclaimed debut, Flames (2018), was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, a New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, a Queensland Literary Award, the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction and Not the Booker Prize.

His second novel, The Rain Heron (2020), won The Age Book of the Year, and in 2021 was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2021, ALS Gold Medal, 202i Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year, 2021, and the Voss Literary Prize, 2021

Robbie was the inaugural Hedberg Writer-in-Residence in 2021, during which he worked on his third novel to be released in 2022. He lives in Hobart.


The Hedberg is the latest addition to Hobart's creative precinct which includes the Theatre Royal, Federation Concert Hall, Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, and the University of Tasmania's campuses including the Centre for the Arts on Hunter Street and The Media School in Salamanca Square.

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