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New Residential Fellowship creates space for writers in Fairfield

26 Oct 2015

A fantastic opportunity has just opened up for writers in the calm, leafy surrounds of Yarra Bend in Fairfield.

Melbourne Polytechnic’s popular Bachelor of Writing and Publishing program has announced that they will be offering the Melbourne Polytechnic Residential Fellowship for Writers, based at their Fairfield campus in Yarra Bend Road.

Two writers will each be offered twelve week residencies at the beautiful campus, between February and May 2016.  

The fellowships, founded to support the development of a major writing project, will provide a secure workspace to emerging or midlist writers. Applications are accepted from writers working across all forms and genres, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, hybrid forms and new media.

“We know from our own experience that one of the most precious commodities for a writer, and often one of the hardest to procure, is a space for writing where you are insulated from distractions,” says Dr Alice Robinson, Lecturer in the Bachelor of Writing and Publishing program and a respected writer in her own right.

Dr Robinson recently published ‘Anchor Point’, her debut novel, which is widely regarded as belonging to the field of ‘cli-fi’, fiction that addresses the complexities of climate change by examining its impacts through narrative.

Residential Fellows will be invited to present to the Melbourne Polytechnic community on their projects at the end of the fellowship, but there are no other formal requirements.

“We really want to help nurture the development of Australian writing and writers by providing the time and space to create work,” says Dr Robinson.

Applications for the Fellowships open on 1 November 2015 and close on 15 December 2015. Applicants should apply by emailing the following to ua.ud1556207270e.cin1556207270hcety1556207270lopen1556207270ruobl1556207270em@no1556207270snibo1556207270recil1556207270a1556207270:

  • An artist bio

  • A summary of the project to be undertaken during the fellowship, including a description of the work already completed (if any) – maximum 500 words

  • A short justification for how the Fellowship will benefit the project – maximum 300 words


Media enquiries should be directed to Melbourne Polytechnic Communications Officer, Anita Coia, on 03 9269 1251 or ua.ud1556207270e.cin1556207270hcety1556207270lopen1556207270ruobl1556207270em@sn1556207270oitac1556207270inumm1556207270oC1556207270

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational education in industry-standard facilities.