Dunedin was the first city in New Zealand to initiate a writer’s fellowship and today considerable support is provided to many writers through the multitude of awards, competitions and residencies on offer. Dunedin is passionate about the arts, serious in investing resources to grow a nation of talented artists, and always interested in collaborating with other creative cities nationally and countries internationally. There are an abundance of opportunities that aim to nurture and promote Dunedin and New Zealand writers and writing, open to those who are published and unpublished.
CASELBERG TRUST’S ‘CREATIVE CONNECTIONS’ RESIDENCY
The Caselberg Trust purchased the Broad Bay, Dunedin home of the late John and Anna Caselberg in 2006, with the aim of hosting creative residencies in the house. Since inception, the Trust has held a variety of creative projects and events, as well as hosting a number of well-known New Zealand writers and artists at the cottage. The Caselberg Trust’s ‘Creative Connections’ Residency support projects that reach out and make links across a variety of creative media, professional disciplines, and communities relevant to the planned project. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their ability to engage in a creative project and processes, to collaborate effectively with creative media, and with communities relevant to their identified project.
HONE TUWHARE TRUST RESIDENCY
The Hone Tuwhare Trust was established in 2010 to restore Hone's crib at Kaka Point and establish a writers/artists residency there. Following his Burns and Hocken Fellowships, Hone had a strong affinity for Dunedin and strong connections with the creative community there. In 2014, the Trust commissioned a Conservation Report from Burgess & Treep Architects, and the Dark Light Collective undertook the first residency to photographically document Hone's South Island home. Some of the results can be seen on Instagram at dark_light_collective. Visit the Trust's website, Facebook and Pinterest to follow developments with the Trust.
THE PRINTER IN RESIDENCE PROGRAMME
Established in 2001, the Printer in Residence Programme was initiated to encourage an awareness of the print facilities in the library and to foster book-making both within the University and to the wider arts community. Each year, a printer spends a month or so working the presses in the Central Library’s Otakou Press room – creating a hand-printed book featuring the work of (mostly) New Zealand authors.
The main aims are to produce a book that would not normally be published by mainstream publishers or seen in bookshops, to keep the press technology alive and to be an outreach to all interested parties within the University and wider community.
THE ROBERT BURNS FELLOWSHIP
The Robert Burns Fellowship is New Zealand's premier literary residency. It was established in 1958 to commemorate the bicentenary of the birth of Robert Burns, and to perpetuate the community's appreciation of the part played by the related Dunedin family of Dr Thomas Burns in the early settlement of Otago. The Fellowship aims to encourage and promote imaginative New Zealand literature and to associate writers with the University and is open to published writers of poetry, drama, fiction, biography, autobiography, essays or literary criticism who are normally resident in New Zealand.
ROBERT LORD COTTAGE
The Robert Lord Cottage in Titan Street, North Dunedin is on the fringe of the student campus, and was once the home of the playwright Robert Lord (1945-1992), who left it in trust as a rent-free writer’s residence. This hundred year old worker’s cottage features three furnished rooms and a courtyard garden and residents have included Gary Henderson, Renee, Jan Bolwell, Vanessa Rhodes, Vincent O'Sullivan, Branwen Millar and Paul Rothwell. Residencies of 3 to 6 months are available to New Zealand citizens.
SERESIN LANDFALL RESIDENCY
Established with Otago University Press the Seresin Estate offers an annual writer's residency available for four weeks each year in either the gorgeous Tuscany or the wonderful Marlborough. The Residency is the result of Michael Seresin's desire to support the work of Landfall magazine, his father was an early subscriber to Landfall and Michael has continued the subscription – and the literary arts in New Zealand, and the literary arts in New Zealand.
UNIVERSITY BOOKSHOP OTAGO SUMMER WRITER IN RESIDENCE IN ASSOCIATION WITH ROBERT LORD WRITERS' COTTAGE TRUST
The University Book Shop Summer Writer in Residence Award, in association with the Robert Lord Writers’ Cottage Trust, is open to emerging writers who are normally resident in New Zealand and write for adults, young adults or children. They may write in any genre including poetry, drama, fiction, narrative non-fiction, graphic novels, biography, autobiography, essays or literary criticism. It is based in Dunedin, New Zealand’s UNESCO City of Literature. As an emerging writer’s residency ‘emerging writer’ can loosely be distinguished, particularly from a novice writer, as someone with at least one published significant work or a body of smaller works published in reputable literary journals, collections, anthologies or online equivalents. The residency aims to provide an opportunity for the recipient to work on a subsequent work, finalise writing or to help prepare a submission for further publication.
The recipient will be an applicant who, in the opinion of the University Book Shop Summer Writer in Residence Advisory Group, has established by their published work, or otherwise, that their writing would benefit from the residency. The residency runs annually for six weeks between the beginning of January and the end of February. The exact dates will change each year and will be concurrent with the University of Otago Summer School term. The final decision on the award and who the recipient is lies at the discretion of University Book Shop (Otago) Ltd.
THE UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO COLLEGE OF EDUCATION/CREATIVE NEW ZEALAND CHILDREN’S WRITER IN RESIDENCE
Established in 1992, by the College of Education, the University of Otago is the only tertiary institute in New Zealand which offers a residency for a children's writer. Funded by the University and Creative New Zealand, it allows writers to work in a harmonious environment, surrounded by others who are in the business of reading and literature for children.
This residency offers rent free accommodation in the historic Robert Lord Cottage on Titan Street, Dunedin and is open to established children’s writers who are normally resident in New Zealand.
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO WALLACE RESIDENCY
The University of Otago Wallace Residency at The Pah Homestead is a three-month arts residency in Auckland, New Zealand. It is open to alumni of the Otago Arts Fellowships and other creative scholars associated with the Otago University. This is an opportunity for arts practitioners such as writers, curators, film-makers and composers. The Residency provides a fully-furnished apartment, the use of a car, and a allowance.
UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO SCOTTISH WRITERS FELLOWSHIP
The University of Otago Scottish Writers Fellowship at The Pah Homestead is a three-month literary residency in Auckland, New Zealand. It is open to writers of Scottish residency, background or affiliation and aims to encourage literary and cultural exchange between Scotland and New Zealand. Fellows are expected to take part in public programmes, and live in an apartment at the Homestead, above the Wallace Arts Trust and close to research centres.