If you wish to be considered for an Invitation-by-Request Residency you will need to have an identified project on which you are working as well as a commitment to an ethos of concentrated work and collegial support.
Invitation-by-Request residents may also wish to incorporate within their residency a Writer Development consultation service with one of Varunaâ€™s consultants. This should be booked in well in advance of the residency week.
We often find that those wishing to take an Invitation-by-Request Residency are also interested in the Varuna Focus Week Program and the Varuna Writer Development Residencies.
Can I Request An Invitation for a Group Residency?
Varuna has space in the house for five residents at a time and can take block bookings for one week (Monday afternoon to the following Monday morning) depending on availability in the house.
This can be suitable for groups of academics, creative writing students, or writing groups. If your group would like to include some structured time with a Varuna consultant within your residency this can also be negotiated.
How much does it cost?
Our Invitation-by-Request Residency offers full bed and board and private working space in the special environment of Varuna for $990 (including GST) per week.
All Varuna residential programs run from Monday, after 2:00pm, to the following Monday morning, leaving by 9:30am.
A consultation costs $295 (up to 15,000 words) or $665 (up to 70,000 words).
How do I book for a paying residency?
If we are able to accommodate your request, you will be emailed a residency form to complete and return to us with payment. Once your forms and payment are received, your booking is officially confirmed.
Vacancies in 2017
May 31-June 5 (5 nights only)*
June 1-5 (4 nights only)*
*Rare shorter week stays available due to Varuna with Sydney Writers' Festival events. Cost for 4 nights is $595. Cost for 5 nights is $745.
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If you still want to know more about the experience of staying at Varuna you may enjoy this short video clip made by Mark Welker who stayed at Varuna in 2010.
This has been one of my best experiences ever. I have never felt so inspired and productive. My plan is now to make this an annual event.
â€¦ I felt so comfortable and productive and the atmosphere helped me think about how to find my own voice within my non-fiction genre.
The character of the 1930s house was valuable for me, even the retro bathroom. The discussions about writing were so valuable.
The quiet was the most crucial thing and the windows and the bookshelves, and the access to local walks. Dinners were wonderful! An excellent system of self-serve during the day and fantastic home cooked shared meal at night.Helen Proctor, August 2012