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Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program

Congratulations to inaugural Hedberg Writer-in-Residence winner Robbie Arnott.

“As a Tasmanian author working through this period of declining arts funding, not to mention our nation’s tendency to focus its literary attentions on the larger cities of the mainland, this is both timely and tremendously welcome,” Arnott said.

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The Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program at the University of Tasmania will support established writers to develop a major new work. The program will provide one twelve-week residency per year from January to March, beginning in 2021.

During the residency, as well as working on an original piece, the writer 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 2021 Program to support established Tasmanian writers have now closed. We would like to thank all applicants for being part of this prestigious fellowship and exciting initiative.

An invitation to apply for the 2022 Program (open to all Australian authors) will be advertised in the second half of 2021.

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How to apply

Applications for the 2021 Program to support established Tasmanian writers have now closed. We would like to thank all applicants for being part of this prestigious fellowship and exciting initiative.

The successful applicant will be notified by 30 September.

Applicants were 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)

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.

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 genre, fiction or nonfiction, 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 per year from January to March, beginning in 2021. The residencies 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.

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

Dr Robert Clarke
Robert is Head of English and Writing in the School of Humanities and based in Launceston. From 2005 to 2007 Robert lectured in literature and Australian Studies in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland. In 2007, he taught units in academic writing and critical reading skills, and Australian studies, in the Faculty of Policy Studies at Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan. He came to the University of Tasmania in 2008.

Robert's professional interests include travel writing with a particular focus on contemporary Australian travel writing. He is also interested in literary celebrity, book clubs and reading groups, the literature of reconciliation, and contemporary Australian fiction and literary culture, amongst other areas.

Dr Danielle Wood
Danielle is a Senior Lecturer in English and Writing in the School of Humanities. She attained her PhD at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. Her thesis included the novel The Alphabet of Light and Dark, which won the prestigious Vogel Literary Prize in 2002 and the Dobbie Award in 2004. Danielle was a judge for the 2013 and 2014 Vogel Literary Prize. In 2004 and 2007, the Sydney Morning Herald named her one of their Best Young Novelists of the Year.

Danielle writes fiction and non-fiction for both adults and children. Her works include Rosie Little's Cautionary Tales for Girls, Mothers Grimm and Housewife Superstar: the very best of Marjorie Bligh. Danielle has collaborated with other Tasmanian writers and is the co-editor of two anthologies of Tasmanian literature.

Clive Tilsley

Clive Tilsley has been a bookseller since he was 19 years old. He owns Fullers Bookshop in Hobart and has developed that from a loss-making enterprise in 1982 to be one of the better bookshops in Australia today. He has a long-held belief in the power of literature, loves poetry, and has an interest also in the physical quality of better book production. He also owns Fullers Publishing.


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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Find the Hedberg at:
University of Tasmania
27 Campbell Street
Hobart TAS 7000

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School of Humanities
College of Arts, Law and Education
University of Tasmania
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Medical Science Precinct (UTAS), Hedberg (UTAS and Theatre Royal), Federation Concert Hall, Centre for the Arts (UTAS), Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (UTAS) and The Media School (UTAS).

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