Writer in Residence

The Writer in Residence is an annual appointment to foster New Zealand writing, with support from Creative New Zealand.

About the residency

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The Writer in Residence appointment is jointly funded by Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington and Creative New Zealand and housed at the University's International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). It has been created to foster New Zealand writing by providing the appointee with the opportunity to write full-time within an academic environment for the period of tenure.

Other residencies

Since 2019 we have also offered a three-month Emerging Pasifika Writer in Residency, and a three-month Emerging Māori Writer's Residency, both jointly funded by the University and Creative New Zealand.

Pip Adam is the University Writer in Residence for 2021. (Photographer credit: Ebony Lamb.)

Current Writer in Residence—Pip Adam

Dr Adam's books are celebrated for their formal daring and emotional rawness. Her publications include a collection of stories, Everything We Hoped For, as well as the novels I'm Working on a Building, The New Animals, and Nothing to See.

Dr Adam gained an MA in Creative Writing with Distinction from the University in 2007, and a PhD in 2012. She received the Acorn Foundation Fiction Prize at the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. She was also the recipient of a 2012 Art Foundation New Generation award.

She is well known nationally as a contributor to Jesse Mulligan’s show on Radio New Zealand, and as a creative writing teacher, book reviewer, and literary activist. Her popular podcast ‘Better Off Read’ features conversations with writers and artists.

During her residency, Dr Adam has worked on a futuristic novel in which sound will be explored as a way of structuring the narrative.

Read more

Arts Foundation Laureate profile

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura profile

Victoria University Press author profile

Writer/director Tim Worrall ((Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pākehā). Image supplied.

2022 Writer in Residence—Tim Worrall

Tim Worrall (Ngāi Tūhoe, Ngāti Pākehā) is a leading TV writer/director, most recently on the acclaimed prime-time drama series Head High (co-lead writer and lead director). He is a foundation member of the Māori Collective Steambox Films and directed a number of award-winning short films including The Road to Whakarae, Tits on a Bull, and Māori Time.

He gained an MA in Creative Writing from the University in 2007. He also holds a BFA from Elam, University of Auckland, and has worked as an artist, designer, and tohunga ta moko. His primary inspiration has been his Tūhoe heritage and he has been involved in many design projects, including creating flags for Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Awa, redesigning the Whakatane Museum, and establishing a Tūhoe Artists Collective.

Tim will take up the residency in February 2022, and intends to work on a number of television scriptwriting projects.

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