Short story writers urged to apply

Author Dan Davin at the University of Otago. Photo: ODT files

THE Dan Davin Literary Foundation (DDLF) is calling for expressions of interest from established New Zealand short story writers to undertake a Writer in Residence in Invercargill.

DDLF chair Rebecca Amundsen said the group began hosting the residency on a biennial basis, in 2019, thanks to a bequest from Laurie King and the support of the Southern Institute of Technology.

In 2019, inaugural writers in residents were Majella Cullinane and Maxine Alterio, of Dunedin, who undertook a joint residency for six weeks.

“As part of their stay, they hosted a range of workshops and public talks across the region, and we appreciate the great start they gave us for this residency programme,” Amundsen said.

This year, DDLF was looking to host the writers in residence programme again at about the time of Davin’s birthday

The residency was for an established short story writer to spend three to six weeks in Southland, including a trip to Stewart Island and Milford Sound, as well as accommodation and a stipend.

In return, it was expected the writer would provide writing workshops for Southland residents, and possibly take part in public engagements, Amundsen said.

“We also ask that they provide some commentary on their experience for our facebook page and website.

“The specific skills we are looking for from the resident are the ability to teach writing workshops.”

  • For more information or to apply for the DDLF Writer in Residence, go to by March 31.

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