The Firstdraft Writers’ Program seeks to foster an expanded arts writing practice, whereby writers are positioned alongside artists as both makers and thinkers. It welcomes writers exploring the intersection of the critical and the creative; the text and its enunciation; and text as both idea and material.

As part of the Firstdraft Writers’ Program, writers are engaged in a three-month professional development program, producing experimental texts to be presented at the conclusion of their residency. These texts can take any number of forms – print, digital or performed; critical or otherwise; responsive to exhibitions or independent. They are launched quarterly at openings.

Firstdraft support experimental and critical writing practices as integral to a thriving artistic environment, whereby writers can be artists and vice versa. Applications are encouraged from writers interested in the poetics of aesthetics, the aesthetics of poetics; event as textual and text as event. Applications from writers of all disciplines, and artists interested in language and writing are encouraged.


ENDLESS LOVE (Hana Pera Aoake and Callum Devlin), Barbara Karpinski, Holly Childs and Enoch Mailangi are participating in the Firstdraft 2017/2018 Writers’ Program. You can read more about ENDLESS LOVE’s project by clicking the link below.


2016/2017 Writers’ Program:

Emma Size

Emily Stewart

Sarinah Masukor

Justin Balmain

Vincent Silk


2015 Writers’ Program:

Elena Gomez

Tom Melick

  • REDRAFTED, 2014. Image Credit: Zan Wimberley
  • Mish Gregor performance as part of REDRAFTED, 2014. Image Credit: Zan Wimberley