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A Varuna Invitation-by-Request Residency offers writers the opportunity to apply for a week's writing retreat at Varuna.

The Varuna Invitation-by-Request Residency Program is also available to members of the Varuna Alumni Association.

Up to 45 places have been made available for Varuna Alumni to take up residency at Varuna each year. Alumni may choose to attend either as an individual or else to curate their own residency program providing the opportunity to work with an invited cohort and with a set intent.

The cost of an alumni residency is $735 per week.

There are two intake periods, from February to June and from July to December. The first intake has already taken place for 2018. To apply for the latter half of the year 2018 please send a request by end of May. Vacancies depend on availability in the house.

To enquire about taking a residency between July and December 2018 please send an email with your date preferences to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Varuna Travel Assistance Fund

Varuna now has the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for current alumni to apply for.