Self-directed Writing Residencies

(except for May and October)
Please be advised that Self-directed Writing residencies
while other writing programs are in session may not be possible.
Processing and adjudication time is generally four to six weeks
Application Deadline: writers may apply at any time

Program Information

“My week at the Self-Directed Writing program was one of the most productive and uplifting weeks I’ve ever had as a writer.”
Paul Wilson — Self-Directed Writing Residency, 2002

Self-directed writing residencies provide time, space, and facilities for individual research, editing, and manuscript development. There are no formal activities organized around a self-directed writing residency; writers structure their own time, and are free to maintain privacy or to engage with other artists and activities at The Banff Centre.

Writing faculty are not available for consultation or editing for self-directed writing residencies.

Participants are housed in single rooms that also serve as their private workspaces. Desired dates are subject to room availability.


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.