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Emerging Writers Intensive 2016

Literary Arts
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Program Information

Emerging Writers Intensive


This workshop-based program embraces multiple genres, providing structured support for new creative writers wanting to improve their writing skills.  Four faculty work closely with eight participants in one of these genres: first chapter novel, creative nonfiction, poetry, and short fiction.  Participants read the submissions of fellow group members, then give and receive feedback during three-hour morning workshops.  Afternoons are devoted to writing time, and to meeting one-on-one with faculty.  An energizing, transformative experience, designed to help participants take their writing to a new level, this program is a perfect entry point into Banff Centre’s full suite of literary arts programs.

What does the program offer?

This program offers a wide range of writers the opportunity to work on a portion of a manuscript in a workshop setting with editorial faculty.  The program will help writers build their critical vocabulary, making them better critics of their own and others’ work. They will also learn more about the craft of writing, and about the conventions, and possibilities for innovation, in their chosen genre.  Evening readings give writers a chance to practice presenting their work to a warm, encouraging audience.  

Who should apply?

Any new writer interested in structured feedback from faculty and fellow participants will benefit from this program. The program is open to writers with no publications, a few publications, or even a first book, in the genres of Poetry, Short Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and First Chapter Novel. First Chapter Novel participants should note that it is only the first chapter, and not the entire novel, that they will be working on in this program.

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What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

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.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

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 Regular Flex meal plan includes $29 credit per day, equivalent to lunch and dinner in Vistas Dining Room.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

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

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

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

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

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*
$1 298.00

Application fee: $60

*Significant financial assistance is available for this program. 

*Financial Aid of up to 50% of the Program Fee is available for this program for a limited number of applicants. If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.

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How to Apply

Financial assistance

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


Identify which of the four genres you wish to be considered for: poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, or first chapter novel.

Short bio

A 100 word biography. 


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

Project proposal

A one-page description of your proposed work-in-progress, describing why you wish to attend Emerging Writers Intensive, what you hope to learn, and what impact it could have on your writing practice.


Provide a segment from the work-in-progress that you will work on during the program (maximum 20 pages). Plus samples of additional published or unpublished work (maximum 20 pages in total for all samples combined).


Participants are selected by impartial adjudication 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, approximately 3-5 weeks following the application deadline.


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.

Contact the Registrar

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

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