April 11 - April 23, 2016

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Frontline: Environmental Reportage

Literary Arts
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Program Information

Oil Fields #2. Photo © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto / Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary

“The business of making people conscious of what is happening outside their own small circle is one of the major problems of our time, and a new literary technique will have to be evolved to meet it.” - George Orwell


Frontline is a program series that trains and supports writers who are exploring, testing, witnessing and reporting back on some of the most current and pressing issues of our time. This year’s focus is environmental reportage. The program addresses universal environmental concerns at a time when they could not be more relevant – from natural resources, to climate change, to life after oil. 

What does the program offer?

This residency offers writers two weeks to focus on an environment-related writing project, editorial guidance, and seminars and discussion sessions with guest faculty who have achieved excellence in environmental reportage.

Who should apply?

Applicants should be emerging and established writers, working on a long-form magazine narrative (ranging anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 words) or a book-length project. 

If accepted

Successful applicants will be asked to submit a first or early draft of their project, or an excerpt for book-length projects, by April 1, 2016, to allow for suitable faculty preparation. Successful applicants are also encouraged to submit, if applicable, a summary of research-related issues or areas of concern (maximum one-page) by April 1, 2016.


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.

Community ServicesRead MoreClose

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

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee*
$2 052.60

Application fee: $60

*Significant financial assistance is available for this program.  

Financial Aid up to approximately 70% is available for this program. If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom.

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How to Apply

Financial assistance

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

Project proposal

A description, one to two pages in length, of the project you propose to work on.


A resume or C.V. describing publication history as well as academic, professional, and other relevant experience including previous enrollment in writing residencies.


  • Segment from the work-in-progress you will work on during the program (maximum 20 pages).
  • Samples of additional published or unpublished work (maximum 20 pages).


Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. The successful candidates will be selected from the field of applicants on the basis of writing skill and the relevance and originality of their project idea. Projects can be risk-taking projects both stylistically and intellectually. Consideration will also be given to the likelihood that the writer’s work will benefit from the program.

Applicants will be notified as soon as adjudication is complete, approximately 3-5 weeks following the application deadline.


Applicants will normally, but not necessarily, have published a body of work (in book-length form or substantial publication in magazines and/or anthologies).


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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