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Fall Writers Session 2021

Literary Arts | Online

Program Information

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This 7-day online residency provides thematic teaching from faculty members, Q&A sessions and one-on-one workshopping. Instructors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing across genre. 

What does the program offer?

This program session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Farzana Doctor and Orlando White. Faculty will share their own work, present talks and field questions about craft, and work with writers to hone their writing in progress. The session will open with longer faculty talks and Q&A sessions, followed by 5 days of short one-on-one meetings, and then a closing reflective session.

Who should apply? 

Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record. 

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.


On-line lectures and workshops with embedded Q&A sessions; 1-on-1 sessions with faculty.

Schedule (all times MDT and to be confirmed)
November 29, 2021 1:00-2:00 MDT: welcome & orientation session
November 30, 2021 1:00-4:00 MDT – faculty talks & Q&A sessions
December 1 - December 6, 2021 –one-on-one sessions between faculty and participants (independently scheduled over zoom)
December 6, 2021 – 1:00-2:00 MDT roundtable and exit session


What's Included

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Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee
Program Fee with Financial Assistance*

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

Please note that as of September 1, our application fee reverted to the pre-pandemic level of $65. Applications received on or before 31st August will be charged at $25. Application fees are not refundable.

*Fall Writers Session participants will receive 100% scholarship to cover the program fees. 

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

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

Learn more about the steps to Complete Your Application.


A one-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, and what you hope to achieve by attending it.

Project Summary and Bio

Provide a 100-word artist biography and a 100-word summary of the proposed project. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Work Samples

Please provide an excerpt from your work in progress (maximum 5 pages), and a sample of previous completed published or unpublished work (maximum 10 pages).


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 applicants who have taken part in a Banff Centre residency in the last year, nor 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.

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