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Ursula Bethell Writer in Residence

Job details

University of Canterbury
25 Sep 2022
Waikato, Canterbury
Work type
Fixed Term
Work classification


Creative New Zealand Residency in Creative Writing 2023

Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • 6 or 12 month fixed-term opportunity
  • Competitive salary of $72,000 (for 12 months, pro-rated for 6 months)

What You Will Do

This fixed-term Residency has been created to foster New Zealand writing by providing a full-time opportunity for a writer, or writers, to work on an approved writing project in an academic environment. The position is jointly funded by the University of Canterbury and Creative New Zealand. This position may be given to a single writer for a period of up to twelve months, but is usually split between two writers for a period of up to six months each. While there are no formal duties attached to the position, it is expected that that you hold a regular office hour for students, and take part in the cultural life of the University.

Who You Are

You will be a published writer in one or more of the genres of fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, and creative non-fiction. You will also have work published or produced by a reputable publisher or producer. Applicants should be authors of proven merit normally resident in New Zealand, or New Zealanders temporarily resident overseas. Appointment will be made on the merit of the proposed writing project or projects, so applicants should provide a detailed proposal. Please note, this residency does not cover writing for film or television.

Who You Will Work With

You will work with staff in the English Department including specialists in Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, and Creative Writing.

For more information about the history of the Residency, please visit us here.

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

For information about the range of benefits that UC offers, please visit us:

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 25 September, 2022 (midnight, NZ time)

Applications will be reviewed after the close date.

This appointment is dependent on funding to be confirmed by September 2022.

How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include the following: a cover letter; a resume, including details of published / produced writing, any relevant qualifications and awards you have received; a proposal for the project(s) to be undertaken during the residency; and the date on which you would be able to commence duties, if offered the position. Applicants should not send manuscripts or other works.

Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Due to current border restrictions, you must have New Zealand or Australian citizenship/permanent residency to be considered for this role. If you hold a valid work visa and are physically present in New Zealand then you may also be considered.

How to apply

To apply

Please follow this link to apply online

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