EVENT: 2022 Writers Residency

Writing at the Reef – Unique Place-Based 1-Week Residency

Location: Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Cleveland Bay, Townsville, North Queensland
Dates: 11-17 June, 2022
Applications closed: 28 February 2022

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of AIMS, the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are offering six writers the opportunity to participate in a one-week writing residency at the remote tropical science facility in North Queensland.

This innovative residency is a collaboration of arts and sciences focusing on the unique asset of the Great Barrier Reef. With this unique experience AIMS and FALS seek to foster writing that includes traditional owner perspectives, notions of place, the environment, the reef or issues of climate change.

The residency offers a inimitable location for writers to dedicate time and space to their craft.

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The AIMS/FALS "Writing at the Reef" residency is open to published or emerging authors who have a current project to work on during their stay.

As a collaboration of arts and sciences the residency will focus on the unique asset of the Great Barrier Reef and seek to foster writing that includes traditional owner perspectives, notions of place, or issues of climate change. Projects should align with one or more of the following topics:

  • Place;
  • The environment;
  • The reef;
  • Bringing together the sciences and the arts;
  • Climate change;
  • Traditional owner perspectives.

Joint applications from two or more authors are encouraged.

Applicants should be mindful the residency will take place at a working science facility in a remote location, where a moderate to high level of physical fitness and mobility is required to navigate the environment and terrain.

The following is expected of participants before, during or on completion of the event:

  • A 1 - 2 page response to your time at the AIMS/FALS residency for publication in the AIMS 50th year anthology.
  • Agree to the use of your name and likeness for the purposes of publicising the residency program.
  • Participation in a small workshop / reading event on Friday during the residency, with an intimate audience of scientists and students.
  • Acknowledge support from FALS and AIMS in any published work that ensues from the residency.
  • Participate in interviews or other media opportunities about the event and your work related to the event.
  • Respectful participation and engagement with traditional custodian Welcome to Country and site tour.

Participants also need to:

  • Observe AIMS site protocols.
  • Be mindful that this is a land-based residency at a remote site where reef science occurs.
  • Leave the accommodation and amenities in good order.
  • Be sensitive to each other’s needs and presence with regard to noise and social distancing.

Included in the residency:

  • Accommodation in either shared accommodation (house with own bedroom and shared kitchen and lounge or self-contained apartment);
  • Pantry and fridge staples for breakfasts and dinners, some lunches
  • Weekday cafeteria lunches
  • Internet access
  • Bedding and towels
  • Ground transport to and from the Townsville airport

Not included in the residency:

  • Travel from writer’s home to/from Townsville.
  • Writing equipment (computer/laptop etc).

Much of the residency will be self-paced, providing plenty of time for creativity. Participants are welcome to work together, to collaborate, or to maintain their distance. Participants may request meetings with AIMS scientists if appropriate to their proposed writing project.

A small number of events and activities will be organised throughout the week.  These include:

  • Traditional owner Welcome to Country;
  • Site tour and inductions;
  • Small workshop / reading event with students and scientists.

Applications are now closed.

Applications will be reviewed by a juried panel and outcomes advised by early March 2022.

Applicants were asked to submit the following:

  • Your CV including a list of published works and the publisher of each (if the list is extensive, just the last two years is enough).
  • A ten-page sample of current or past work.
  • A short explanation of what you would like to work on during your residency, what you would like to achieve that week, and how it aligns with any of the following topics: place, the environment, the reef, bringing together the sciences and the arts, climate change, traditional owner perspectives.
  • A statement about why this time away would be beneficial to you and your work.

Email fals@jcu.edu.au if you have any questions about this event.

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