Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Playwright awarded writer’s residency
As well as her own writing, Forster teaches creative writing for The University of Auckland’s continuing education programme and is on the board of the New Zealand Writers’ Guild. While she holds the residency, she will contribute to the university’s Master of Creative Writing programme and offer a community creative writing class.
The residency is a partnership between The University of Auckland, Creative New Zealand and the Michael King Writers’ Centre. It aims to foster New Zealand writing by providing an opportunity for an established author to work full-time on a major project in an academic environment. The residency comes with $30,000 in stipend and salary, together with free accommodation and a studio working space at the Michael King Writers’ Centre in Devonport, Auckland. It is one of four supported residencies that the Michael King Writers’ Centre has in place for 2011, all with the support of Creative New Zealand. Playwright Arthur Meek, biographer Nelson Wattie and poet Ben Brown have each been awarded eight-week residencies this year.