RMIT’s Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange (WrICE) program has opened applications for an Early Career Fellowship taking place in China in 2016.
The program provides a reciprocal cultural exchange and immersion Fellowship focused on writers and writing each year across the Asia-Pacific.
The chosen Fellow will participate in a collaborative immersion residency with other emerging and established writers.
Next year’s collaborative residency will take place in Guangzhou and Yangshou, China in April, followed by activity later in the year in Melbourne.
The Fellowship is valued at AU$9,000 and includes all residency costs and award for participation in both Chinese and Australian activities and events.
Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, inaugural WrICE Early Career Writer, said her participation in the 2014 program was useful in developing a cultural and creative dialogue between writers in the Asia-Pacific.
“The fostering of a strong Asia-Pacific writing community, and the exchange of ideas and experiences within that community, is vital to the growth and survival of Australian literature,” Clarke said.
“The WrICE program offered me the most fundamental of resources for any early career writer: time and mind-space to write.
“Meeting other writers from diverse backgrounds who are also bringing their experiences to the page has reaffirmed my belief that in order to flourish, Australian literature must be locally grounded, but globally minded.”
Current Early Career Writer, Omar Musa, visited Vietnam earlier this year for the collaborative Asia-Pacific residency and will appear as part of WrICE at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) in August.
WrICE is an initiative of RMIT’s non/fictionLab, with support from the Copyright Agency, MWF and the Emerging Writers Festival.
Expressions of interest for the 2016 WrICE collaborative residency in China are open now until Friday 31 July.
Applications are to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org and should include a CV, 100 word biographical note and a 250 word statement outlining why you would like to participate in WrICE.