In(ter)ventions: Literary Practice at the Edge

Program dates: February 10, 2014 - February 22, 2014

Application deadline: November 15, 2013

Program Information

Peer Advisors: Steven Ross Smith - New Formality, Performance Poetry, J. R. Carpenter - Digital Literature, Performance Writing, Carla Harryman - Interdisciplinary and Cross-Genre Writing, Roy Miki - Poetics and Hybridity,
Guests: Jacob Wren - , cris cheek - ,

About In(ter)ventions

A groundbreaking residency that enables experimentation and creation in innovative writing practices. In(ter)ventions welcomes interventions in writing as an art form, where the medium itself (language) is the site of investigation. The means of production that might frame such interventions (such as audio, electronic literature, interactivity, vizpo, video, performance, collaboration, and so on) are secondary to and/or juxtaposed with the compositional.

The In(ter)ventions program is designed for those projects that challenge received literary conventions and are driven by adventure and innovation in language rather than the means of production such as technology and hardware. Yet forms of production and dissemination involving technology will be considered and supported in the development of the project during the residency, where these are essential to the intervention.

Accomplished mentors and guest speakers who lead the program are chosen for literary expertise and experience in new practices. In(ter)ventions provides the time, mentorship, and technical resources to take innovative creative work to fulfillment. If you are a writer already pushing the boundaries of literary practice, this program is for you.

The residency includes: one-on-one sessions with individual mentor-leaders; group discussions; speaker presentations; and performances. Group discussions explore issues in new practices and may include philosophical and critical thinking, aesthetic issues, demonstrations, and technical issues.

Performances will occur in informal or formal settings — from professionally staffed theatre venues to intimate presentation rooms — all venues are fully technically enabled. Audio and video recording facilities are also available.

Work Spaces

Participants are housed in single rooms that also serve as their private work spaces. Writers should bring their own computers or laptops, as well as software, if they wish to use a computer on a full-time basis in their rooms. A PC and a Macintosh computer are available for general email and printing purposes. Photocopying services are available at several public locations, and free wireless internet access is available throughout the campus.

Arrival and Departure Dates

Participants should plan to arrive in Banff on Sunday, February 9, 2014, and depart on Sunday, February 23, 2014.

Want to Extend Your Stay?

Self-directed Writing Residencies run year-round and provide the time and space for focused work. Extend your stay before or after this program by applying for a Self-directed Residency.


Above photo: designed by Laurie Gimber

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.