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 in 2019 is $750 per week. Your alumni membership needs to be current for the discounted rate. Vacancies depend on availability in the house.

There are two intake periods, from January to June and from July to December.

Current vacancies 2018
Fri Dec 14-21 (7 nights @ $735)

Vacancies in 2019
Jan 14-21
Jan 21-28
Jan 28-Feb 4
Feb 25-Mar 4 (TBC)
Mar 11-18
Mar 18-25 
Mar 25-Apr 1 (TBC)

To enquire about taking one of these dates please send an email with your date and contact details 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.