Literary Arts Self-directed Writing Residency

Program dates: Ongoing

Minimum residency duration: Three days
Application deadline: Ongoing

Program Information

"My time spent at The Banff Centre for a self-directed writing residency was replenishing, clarifying, and unbelievably productive. To be able to refocus my attention exclusively toward my own writing, and to be able to do so in such heartwrenchingly beautiful surroundings, has been a gift and a joy both to my writing and to myself."
—Lee Ann Roripaugh, Self-directed Writing Residency participant

About the Self-directed Writing Residency

Set in the heart of Banff National Park, The Banff Centre provides a perfect retreat setting for writers looking for focus and inspiration. This is the place you can come to be free from distraction, to focus deeply on a creative writing project. You’ll find the time, space, and facilities for creative thinking, editing, and manuscript development. Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply.

Applications are evaluated through an adjudicated process.

Minimum residency length is three days. Participants are housed in single rooms which also serve as their private workspaces. Guest visits are limited to two nights.

Note: On-campus accommodations are available on a first come, first served basis. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide your exact accommodation request or specific room type as on-campus accommodation availability can be limited at times.

How to Apply


Above photo: The Banff Centre

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of The Banff Centre.