on 05 July, 2016

Varuna Focus Weeks 2016

Varuna is now accepting applications for our 2016 Residential Focus Weeks

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 4 other writers.


Since 1989, Varuna the National Writers House has been offering writers time and space to write. In 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.

Varuna is now accepting applications for the 2016 Residential Focus Weeks

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

Each Focus Week Facilitator will lead a unique and stimulating residential masterclass that promotes writing, conversation and creative engagement.

2016 Focus Weeks
October 24-30 A Conversation Between Writers with Peter Bishop
Applications close 11 August 2016

November 7-13 Short Story with Tegan Bennett Daylight
Applications close 25 August 2016

November 21-27 Advanced Memoir with Patti Miller
Applications close 8 September 2016

December 5-11 CAL Creative Audio with Siobhan McHugh
Applications close 22 September 2016
Thanks to support from CAL Creative Fund Varuna is able to offer a Fellowship to writers participating in the CAL Writing for Creative Audio Focus Week.

Participation in a Focus Week is through written application (follow links for application details). There is no application fee.

For full information about the Focus Weeks in 2016 visit the Varuna website.