Current Opportunities

Writers’ residency exchange between Norwich and Tartu UNESCO cities of literature

The National Centre for Writing in Norwich is collaborating with Tartu to offer a residency exchange for writers to explore the links between the two UNESCO cities of literature.

Residency in Norwich, UK

In March 2020, Norwich will host a writer from Estonia for one month. Norwich UNESCO City of Literature has been a literary city for over 900 years: a place of ideas where the power of words has changed lives and transformed literature. Our writers in residence are encouraged to engage in Norwich’s literary and cultural life.  The tranquil surroundings of Norwich, two hours from London by train and close to a spectacular coast line, make it an ideal city to write, translate, read and dream.

The residency will include a commission for a short piece of writing about their stay. The writer may also be asked to take part in events and interviews.

Residency in Tartu, Estonia

In May 2020, Tartu City of Literature office will host a writer from England for one month. This residency will offer the writer a quiet place to write. However, there will be the opportunity to take part in public events as part of the Tartu International Literary Festival Prima Vista – an annual 6-day festival bringing together more than 40 writers from Estonia and abroad, as well as to meet and collaborate with fellow authors and translators.

The residency will include a commission for a short piece of writing about their stay. The writer may also be asked to take part in other events and interviews.

The deadline for both applications is 30th November 2019. The selection will be carried out jointly by Tartu City of Literature office and the National Centre for Writing, and the successful applicant will be informed by 15th December 2019.

Full T’s & C’s and details on how to apply can be found here.


We have previously organised residencies in partnership with a number of organisations, including the Nippon Foundation, the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and the Arts Council of Korea. If you want to hear about future residency opportunities, please sign up to our newsletter below.