The Robert Lord Writers Cottage Trust provides rent-free accommodation in Robert’s refurbished workman's cottage for writers in any genre who come to live and work in Dunedin.

As well as hosting visiting writers for periods of 4 weeks to 6 months, the Trust also partners with other Dunedin organisations to offer three annual residencies: the University of Otago College of Education / Creative New Zealand Children’s Writer in Residence, a summer residency for emerging writers in assocation with University Book Shop (Otago), and the New Zealand Young Writers Festival residency in association with the Dunedin Fringe Trust.