Writing With Style

Program dates: September 6, 2014 - September 13, 2014

Application deadline: Extended to July 9, 2014


Program Information

Program Director: Elizabeth Philips - ,
Faculty: Lorna Crozier - Poetry, Trevor Herriot - Creative Non-Fiction, Alison Pick - First Chapter Novel, Matthew J. Trafford - Short Fiction,

"Phenomenal scenery, amazing faculty, great friendships and an absolute dedication to craft is what you'll experience at Writing With Style in Banff." 
—Rochelle Squires, program participant

About Writing With Style

Writing With Style is a unique opportunity for writers to participate in a week-long workshop at The Banff Centre — a setting for artists that is both inspiring and productive. Whether you've attended many writing workshops or this is your first, Writing With Style will be an intense and transformative experience. Amidst a diverse community of writers, you'll 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. The program 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. Participants are also invited to take part in evening readings with faculty and fellow writers.

Please note: Writing With Style will be offered in fall only in 2014.

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.

Writing Genres and Editing

Applicants must apply to work on a project in one of the groups of writing genres offered in the workshop. For the fall workshop, these include: first chapter novel, poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. Please note that we are now only accepting applications for creative non-fiction.

Be aware that owing to time constraints, Writing With Style does not provide writers an opportunity to edit a novel with their faculty editor. Applicants working on a novel-length manuscript can expect to workshop one chapter.

Who Should Apply

This workshop is open to writers of all levels, and offers an excellent creative and technical development opportunity regardless of the amount of prior experience you have. If you are seeking an intensive week of writing and opportunity to work with a well established writer in your genre of writing, this workshop is for you. Past participants of the program have represented both published and yet-to-be-published writers from every part of Canada, as well as some international writers. For more specifics, see the eligibility section.

Arrival and Departure Dates

Participants should plan to arrive in Banff on Saturday, September 6, 2014 in time for an orientation and welcome reception at 7:30 p.m. Participants should plan to and depart on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Recommended Reading

In 1999, the Banff Centre Press published Meltwater — a collection of fiction and poetry from the Writing Studio programs at The Banff Centre. The collection includes some of the programs’ most accomplished writers and showcases work that grew from their Banff writing experience. In Thing Feigned or Imagined: The Craft in Fiction, internationally acclaimed author and Wired Writing Studio director Fred Stenson draws on a career of writing and mentoring to offer an engaging take on the craft in fiction. Both can be purchased through your local bookstore or the Banff Centre Press.

Want to Extend Your Stay?

Self-directed Writing Residencies run year-round and provide the time and space for focused work. Writing With Style is an intense program. Participants are welcome to extend their opportunity for concentrated writing time by applying for a Self-directed Residency either before or after the program.


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.