Literary Arts

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Banff Centre’s Literary Arts programs provide an inspiring space and focused time for emerging and established writers to push the boundaries of their talent and realize their potential. Our programs prepare writers in all genres for literary success on a national and international scale.

Since the first summer playwriting program was offered in 1937, Banff Centre has provided writers with exceptional opportunities for artistic development within a community of supportive peers. Today, our year-round roster of intensive thematic residencies involves many of Canada’s most celebrated writers.

Banff Centre is a spectacular setting and exceptionally nurturing environment for creative work. The program was strong, with knowledgeable and committed staff.

Elijah Wald, The Art of Walking, 2018

Contact Us

For questions about the department and what we offer, please contact:


Phone: 403.762.6180 

107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020, Stn. 38
Banff, Alberta
T1L 1H5 Canada