on 23 July, 2015

Strictly Poetry Focus Week - Applications Close 6 August


Monday 19th – Sunday 25 October 2015
Strictly Poetry is a six-day residency in the company of poets led by Deb Westbury, at Varuna, the National Writers’ House in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Varuna Focus Weeks offer a themed residential week to developing and experienced writers with a shared interest in a particular area of writing.

It’s two years now since I joined the Strictly Poetry Focus Week at Varuna run by Deb Westbury (she’s brilliant). In many ways I am still reaping the benefit from the work we did each day. So if you are thinking of going—go, give yourself a whole week with words in like-minded company in that setting.
Kathryn Fry


Strictly Poetry includes private writing time in your own writing studio - one on one consultation as well as group sessions led by Deb Westbury - and six days accommodation at Varuna including meals.

How to apply
Writers interested in participating in Strictly Poetry are asked to submit a short Expression of Interest (EOI) online by Thursday 6 August. Further information on how to apply can be found at this link.

A full list of upcoming Focus Weeks can be found here: Varuna Focus Weeks.