The program is a recognition of the value and importance of writers in our public discourse and an acknowledgement of the role that writers and storytellers play in shaping our national identity.

The program is open to writers of non-fiction but is closed to tenured academics — whose writings already receive institutional support.

For the writer, it gives an opportunity to focus single-mindedly on developing a stated project.

With generous support from the Australia Institute, this program aims to assist an Australian writer to significantly develop their next book during a period of residency.