Emerging māori writer in residence
The appointment is jointly funded by Victoria University of Wellington and Creative New Zealand. It has been created to foster Māori writing by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time within a creative institution for the period of tenure. Applications are invited from Māori writers in all areas of literary activity, including drama, fiction and poetry (page and performance), devised performance, creative non-fiction, graphic novels, etc. Applicants should be writers at an early stage of their career, with a growing body of work, and must be New Zealand citizens. Applications from small groups or collectives will also be considered, although the resources remain the same as for an individual writer. There is no restriction on the occupation of applicants, but they should not be employees of Creative New Zealand or Victoria University, nor have been employed by Victoria University in the twelve months prior to the closing date. Full-time university staff members wishing to work in their specialist academic field, or (in the year of the residency) students working towards the completion of a tertiary qualification are also ineligible.
Tenure and Terms
The appointment will be for three months, during the second half of 2020 with dates to be agreed with the successful applicant. The appointee will be resident in Wellington for that time and will be attached to an appropriate academic unit, such as the International Institute of Modern Letters. While there is no obligation of formal teaching, some contribution is expected to be made to the University’s cultural and academic life, in a manner appropriate to the personal strengths and preferences of the appointee, in agreement with the Director or Head of School. A University room will be provided, with access to administrative, library and other facilities.
In consultation with the successful applicant, a Mentor from the Māori arts community will be sought. The terms of the mentorship are to be agreed between the Writer, the Mentor, and the International Institute of Modern Letters as appropriate.