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Toji Cultural Centre Residency For Writers

Toji Cultural Centre Residency For Singapore Writers 2016

The National Arts Council and the Toji Cultural Foundation in South Korea are pleased to offer fully-paid 2016 residency awards to up to 3 Singapore writers from any of Singapore’s four major languages, English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil.

Previous Toji Writers in Residence from Singapore include David Leo, Lee Kow Fong (Ah Guo), Tan Mei Ching, Lim Hung Chang (Lin Gao),  Laremy Lee, Liew Kwee Lan (Aiyu), Ovidia Yu, Gwee Li Sui and Suchen Christine Lim.

About the Residency

The Program for Supporting Creative Works and Cultural Exchanges by Foreign Writers is administered by the Toji Cultural Foundation to provide residential facilities and a quiet environment for writers to work in and focus on their craft. The residency provides the opportunity for writers to dedicate their time entirely to writing new literary works. 10 to 14 international and Korean writers and artists are nominated every year to reside at Toji Cultural Centre, a literary guesthouse located in the city of Wongju, Gangwon province, a two-hour drive from Seoul.

Residency Duration

The minimum period of the residency is 1 month and the maximum period is 3 months any time between 1 April to 30 December 2016.

Residency Support

The 2016 Writers-in-Residence will be awarded full residency support, including accommodation, meals, residency facilities access to Internet, library and loan of books, research materials from Yonsei University Wonju campus, and one economy-class return airfare plus taxes.

Application Deadline: 15 December 2015Notification of results will be in February 2016. 

Application Procedure

To apply for the Residency, please download the information sheet for details and the application form. All applications are to be submitted through email to:

Completed applications must be accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Detailed curriculum vitae, with a record of applicant’s publications and writing
  3. Proposal Letter detailing the objectives of application, work plan, expected benefits of the residency and the new work to be accomplished during the residency period
  4. A passport photo
  5. Character reference
  6. Excerpts of 2 past works in English, Chinese, Malay or Tamil (3-5 pages for each work)


Last Updated: 02 Oct 2015