Varuna Residential Masterclasses

Are you looking for a way to get a head start on a new project, or some extra feedback on a work in progress?

Varuna has a relaxed, friendly and informal atmosphere – Varuna is your home for a week. You'll be writing, living and eating together with a group of four other writers.

Since 1989, Varuna has been offering writers time and space to write. In the beautiful world heritage-listed Blue Mountains, with expert tuition from Varuna consultants and the support of other like-minded writers, you can feed your imagination and let your stories flourish.

We've cultivated the ideal environment for your creativity to thrive. Time and time again, we hear how surprised and delighted people are by the results of their Varuna week, and how the experience has boosted their confidence and creativity long after.

A Varuna Residential Masterclass offers writers with a shared interest in a particular area a creative and stimulating mix of individual work time, facilitated sessions, one on one mentorship, as well as social time for unstructured conversation. Each Masterclass is limited to only five participants. 

Residential Masterclasses are led by some of Australia’s best cultural facilitators including Vanessa Kirkpatrick (Poetry), Tegan Bennett Daylight (Short Story), Patti Miller (Advanced Memoir), Claire Corbett (Novel) and Siobhan McHugh (Creative Audio). Each Facilitator will lead a unique and stimulating masterclass that promotes writing, conversation and creative engagement.


Varuna offers professional development for writers


For writers well on their way with a writing project, and needing a process to take them to the next stage, Varuna offers a fee-paying Writer Development Residency that includes one-on-one consultations with a Varuna writing consultant, as well as the company of other writers.