Residency FAQ

Is Varuna open year-round?

Yes. Except for a week for maintenance in April, a week for our writers’ festival in August, and time over the Christmas and New Year period, Varuna is open throughout the year.

How is the working day structured?

Traditionally, Varuna reserves hours between 9am and 6pm, and again after 10pm, as ‘quiet hours’ for writers to work without interruption. A shared dinner is typically served between 7pm and 8.30pm. 

Will I be required to participate in programs outside of the residency?

Unlike some other residency programs, Varuna does not require writers in residence to participate in readings, workshops or public appearances, although from time to time, these may be an option if writers are interested.

Does Varuna provide food, and can you cater for special dietary requirements?

Yes. You help yourself to breakfast and lunch (Varuna provides full supplies) and our chef comes into Varuna each evening to prepare and serve a meal. Dietary requirements can be catered for.

Can I arrange for a consultation during my stay?

Yes. Varuna offers all writers staying at Varuna the opportunity to receive feedback and to talk with a Varuna consultant about their work during their residency. Depending on the program and whether you have been awarded a fellowship, fees for consultations vary.  

For more information, visit our Services page.

Can Varuna accommodate family or pets?

Because Varuna is a residency dedicated to focused writing development, accommodation cannot be made for family members or friends for either overnight stays or meals. Pets are also not permitted, with the exception of assistance animals.

Can Varuna accommodate special medical needs or writers with disabilities?

We have no medical facilities, and no out-of-hours staff onsite. Applicants with special medical needs should contact our Executive Director before applying.

For writers with mobility impairment, our facilities are unfortunately still quite limited, although we do hope to rectify this by the end of 2019. Please email to discuss your specific requirements. We will try to accommodate you if we possibly can.

I work with another writer collaboratively. If our application is successful, can we come to Varuna together? 

If your writing is genuinely a joint work, please contact to explain your specific requirements. We will try to accommodate you if we possibly can.