Call for Applications: Literary Arts Programs at the Banff Centre

Literary Journalism

Program dates:  July 7 – Aug. 2, 2014
Application deadline: March 15, 2014
Faculty: Ian Brown (Rogers Communications Chair), Charlotte Gill, Victor Dwyer

Literary Journalism offers eight established writers of non-fiction an opportunity to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature piece. A month-long residency in one of The Banff Centre’s Leighton Artists’ Colony studios enables writers to work on their manuscripts during individual consultations with faculty and during round-table discussions. Participants are able to advance their professional development through work with the program chair, experienced and exacting faculty editors, and through interaction with each other, invited guest speakers, and artists from other fields.

Writing With Style

Program dates: Sept. 6 – 13, 2014
Application deadline: June 15, 2014
Faculty: Elizabeth Philips (program director), Lorna Crozier (poetry), Trevor Herriot (creative non-fiction), Alison Pick (first chapter novel), Matthew J. Trafford (short fiction)

Amidst a diverse community of writers, encounter new ideas and gain confidence in your own style and voice, while shaping and editing your work-in-progress under the guidance of an experienced writer and editor. Writing With Style offers a variety of activities designed to maximize the artistic growth of each writer. Participants will enjoy morning group sessions led by a faculty member, in which their work will be read and discussed by the other writers in the program. Afternoons are left free for writing and one-on-one meetings and consultations with faculty.

Wired Writing Studio

Program dates: Oct. 6 – 18, 2014 (two-week on-site residency in Banff)

Oct. 27, 2014 – March 30, 2015 (20-week online residency)
Application deadline: June 15, 2014
Faculty: Fred Stenson (program director), Don Domanski (poetry), Sharon McCartney (poetry), Lisa Moore (prose fiction), Caroline Adderson (prose fiction), additional faculty TBA
The Wired Writing Studio is designed for published writers and poets at an early or intermediate career stage—those who have young families, demanding jobs, or other life commitments. Spend two weeks immersed in a creative community of artists at The Banff Centre, working one-on-one with an experienced faculty writer and editor. Then return to your home work space for 20 weeks of mentorship through online consultations, discussion forums, and posted readings.

Mountain and Wilderness Writing

Program dates: Oct. 31 – Nov. 21, 2014
Application deadline: June 15, 2014
Faculty: Marni Jackson, Tony Whittome (program directors)

Delve into a writing project focused on mountain or wilderness culture—adventure, history, or the environment—while situated in your private work space in our Leighton Artists’ Colony. Spectacular Banff National Park is at your doorstep, offering an array of outdoor activities. This residency provides individual consultations and workshop discussions with faculty editors. You’ll also have access to coinciding Banff Mountain Book Festival activities: readings, lectures, presentations, panel discussions, book launches, and a chance to network with other writers, editors, and publishers.