The PWF was set up in 1997 as a unit within the Department of Literature and Language at USP's Laucala campus in Suva, Fiji. USP played a seminal role in the genesis, encouragement and development of Pacific literature in the 1970s and 1980s when many of the writers were staff or students at the Suva campus. The PWF is envisaged as a means by which USP can resume and enhance its rightful leadership role in the field. The writer in residence programme is a highlight of the PWF calendar and we look forward to having our lives and work enriched in this way by more writers in future.
What we do?
The PWF promotes, encourages and publishes writing and research by Pacific people on Pacific literature and languages, Pacific orature and story-telling, Pacific children's literature and Pacific journalism. The PWF promotes both Anglophone and Francophone Pacific writing and writing in Pacific vernaculars. We collaborate with other sections of the USP such as the Distance and Flexible Learning in the region, the Institute of Pacific Studies (IPS) and the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture in areas of mutual interest and benefit. We host writers in residence and visiting scholars and researchers, we conduct writing workshops, seminars and conferences and we hold writing competitions and readings by writers in popular venues around town.