Call for UNESCO City of Literature Residency in Wonju 2023!

28 February 2023 - News
Wonju City of Literature is offering a chance for one writer from a City of literature (so this includes Manchester) to come to Wonju and stay at Toji Cultural Centre for eight weeks!

One writer from a City of Literature and/or who has a close connection to one will benefit from the Wonju Residency 2023.

Residency Call Details

  • Closing Date of Application: March 16
  • Announcement of Successful Recipient: Before April 7
  • Place for Residency: Toji Cultural Centre
  • Residency Duration: Eight weeks
  • Initiating Date of Residency: September 1
  • Ending Date of Residency: October 31
  • Round-trip Air Ticket Provided
  • Transportation on arrival and departure dates provided
  • Organic meals are provided at the cafeteria of Toji Cultural Centre
  • Writing Room: One Room at Toji Cultural Centre provided

How to Apply

  1. Let us know about yourself
  2. Let us know about your literary works, achievements, awards, etc
  3. Let us know about your literary world
  4. Let us know about why you would like to come to Wonju

Please note that those interested in the Residency have to write an MS-Word document of 1,000 – 2,000 words (in font size 11 to 12), reflecting all the subjects numbered above. For fair assessment, additional portfolio and materials will not be accepted or considered.

Please do not forget to write in the document in which country and which city of literature you are currently living. If you are not currently living in a city of literature but if you are able to provide a reliable source of evidence suggesting you have lived in a city of literature and you are able to prove it, the application will be considered, all of which, however, will be verified through the contact with a focal point or coordinator of the city of literature once a final pick is done.

Ability to speak and write in English is a must and applicants should possess the minimum command of B2 level for communication.

Selection and Notification

The Wonju team will go through the 2nd phase of assessment based on the submitted document. One final recipient for the Residency will be decided by an independent panel designated by Toji Cultural Centre. Final notification will be available to both the recipient and the coordinator before April 7.

Requirements during Residency

There are no requirements whatsoever for the successful writer during their stay. They want the recipient just to relax and engage in their creative activity as much and comfortably as possible in such a tranquil environment around Toji Cultural Centre during the Residency.

Korean writers and artists will stay at Toji Cultural Centre during the same period, and the writer is highly recommended to form friendship with them during their stay. Around 16-19 writers and artists from Korea and outside of Korea will stay at Toji Cultural Centre from September 1 to October 31.

Please send your application to no later than March 16.


If you’re wondering what a residency abroad might be like, a recent resident from Manchester wrote us a piece telling us all about it. You can read about David Hartley’s experiences here.

Please read the attached document with further details before applying.