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Computational Writing

Literary Arts | In person

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Program Information

Program faculty, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Nick Montfort

Program faculty, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram and Nick Montfort

Overview

The Computational Writing residency will allow writers to explore working at the intersection of computing and literary art, not only by using pre-developed tools but also by directly undertaking programming. The residency will consider how computation can be means for reflecting on one’s own writing process as well as for processing anything from small, curated collections of words to large text corpora.

This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community of your peers around you. The program provides opportunities for consultations with mentors, and optional group sessions led by guest mentors that allow writers to explore literary techniques, aspects, and devices that you may find useful in your practice.

You may also sign up for additional walks and day trips within Banff National Park as well as campus-wide activities organized by our Participant Resources team.

This flexible program allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional.

What does the program offer?

This 13-day residency provides thematic teaching from faculty members, Q&A sessions, public events, and one-on-one workshopping.

Instructors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing across genre.

Who should apply?

Experienced writers and programmers looking to explore the future of digital compositional techniques. We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

Note: While the language of Banff Centre is English, we welcome projects in English or Spanish for this residency.

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What's Included

Accommodations
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Your program fee includes a single bedroom on the Banff Centre campus for the duration of your program.

Get connected with other artists on campus and focus on your projects in a creative environment while we take care of the day-to-day essentials.

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Using a credit-based system to dine on campus, our flexible meal plans allow you to select meals according to your own needs during your stay.

The Full Flex meal plan includes $58 credit per day, equivalent to breakfast, lunch and dinner at our buffet service.
 

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Each participant will be allocated a small studio as a private writing space.

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This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress 

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Your program fee includes free access to the climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee
$3 059.18
Program Fee (with Financial Aid)
$1 014.30

*Application fee: $65 ($35 for applicants who identify as Indigenous)

*Financial Aid of 100% is available to cover tuition, and 50% is available to offset food and accommodation costs.

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom.

*Application fees are not refundable.

Banff Centre will issue official tax receipts for eligible tuition fees and financial assistance and awards as required by the Income Tax Act. You will receive a T2202 (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) for eligible tuition fees paid and a T4A (Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity, and Other Income) for applicable financial assistance and awards.

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How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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Resume

A one to two page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Cover Letter

A one-page cover letter explaining why you are interested in this program, what you hope to achieve by attending it, and how the program theme relates to your practice.

Project Summary

Provide a 100-word summary of your proposed project. This may be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Portfolio

Please provide one writing sample of relevant work (maximum ten pages).

Financial Assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.

Adjudication

Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. In addition to artistic merit, consideration will be given to the likelihood that the artist's work will benefit from the program. 

Applicants will be notified of their status as soon as adjudication is complete.

This program is not open to current faculty members of any other Banff Centre programming.
 

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is 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. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989