The Virtual Writers in Residence is back in Melbourne

The Virtual Writers in Residence is back in Melbourne

Sun, 10/30/2022

Throughout the month of November, Melbourne, a UNESCO Creative City of Literature, will host the 2nd edition of the “Virtual Writers in Residence” programme. This initiative will involve 10 writers from seven fellow UNESCO Creative Cities of Literature, including Dublin, Heidelberg, Iowa City, Jakarta, Manchester, Norwich and Reykjavik. It is expected that the writers, who will be hosted as residents in 10 organisations, will reach an audience of up to 10,000 people.

The writers will undertake virtual residencies in diverse city facilities such as libraries, writers' collectives and charities, and produce three different literary outputs in each host organisation. The aim of the initiative is to connect writers with each other and with citizens, to inspire, to build relationships and networks, and to lay the groundwork for collaborations in the field of literature.

The programme is part of Melbourne’s ongoing efforts towards promoting and supporting writers, the local publishing industry and the independent bookselling, as well as fostering a culture of reading and writing and inspiring new generations to participate in literary events and festivals.

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