Would your work, as a writer, benefit from a residency in Wonju?

Keira Brown
Communications Executive
Edinburgh City of Literature Trust

30 April 2024

Spend eight weeks in South Korea, at the Toji Cultural Centre

Wonju UNESCO City of Literature are offering an eight-week residency opportunity at the Toji Cultural Centre to writers connected to the cities that make up the Cities of Literature network. Applications will be accepted from writers who have a strong connection to Edinburgh, and that was illustrated by Martin MacInnes being selected in 2023.

The residency will run from 1st September to 31st October 2024. The residency includes a round-trip air fare, transportation on arrival and departure dates, accommodation with a workspace, and organic meals at the Toji Cultural Centre cafeteria.

Applicants must have at least B2 proficiency in English, for communication during the residency.

The closing date for applications is 31st May 2024. The resident will be selected by an independent panel designated by Toji Cultural Centre. The successful resident will be notified by 27th June 2024.

There are no requirements that the resident must complete during their stay. Around 16-19 other writers and artists will be staying at the Toji Cultural Centre during the residency period, and Wonju City of Literature hope this will be an opportunity to forge creative friendships and enjoy the tranquil environment.

To apply, please write between 1,000 and 2,000 in 12 pt covering each of the following points below. Please also describe your connection to a City of Literature. Applications should be sent to wonjucityoflit@korea.kr by no later than 31st May 2024. You can find full details of the residency here. Good luck!

  • Yourself
  • Your literary works, achievements, awards, etc
  • Your literary world
  • Why you would like to come to Wonju
If you want a first hand account of the residency in Wonju, for inspiration to apply, then do check out Martin MacInnes' piece, outlining the experience.