Glenfern is an evocative Gothic mansion in St Kilda East that stands in a peaceful garden, surrounded by century-old pines. Since 2006, Glenfern has opened its doors to writers, providing them with intimate and quiet spaces, where they can tap away, hidden from the distractions of everyday life.
Licence agreements are granted for periods of either 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, and may commence in either January, April, July or October.
The studios are a joint initiative of the National Trust of Australia (VIC) and Writers Victoria.
Fellowships are occasionally available to help pay for the cost of a studio.
For more information and to submit a Booking Request Form for a studio, visit the Writers Victoria website.
Writers Victoria Members• Downstairs studios: $180 a month• Upstairs studios: $290 a month Writers Victoria Non-members• Downstairs studios: $230 a month• Upstairs studios: $370 a month
Writers are asked to submit a Booking Request Form which to provide details of the writing project they plan to work on at Glenfern and how much time they plan to spend there each week. Preference is given to writers who will use the studio on a regular basis. In addition, writers must provide the contact details of a writing reference to support their booking – this could be a teacher, editor or a fellow writing group member. Writers Victoria require writers to provide a current National Police Check (issued within the last six months) before they are able to begin using the studio. All writers are asked to provide Writers Victoria with a 600-word article during their stay for publication in either the National Trust magazine, National Trust website, Writers Victoria website or Writers Victoria magazine. Full terms and conditions are available in a copy of the Licence Agreement, available on the Writers Victoria website.
There is ample off-street free parking for writing studio occupants