How accurate are historical details meant to be, in the context of historical fiction; do they play with, bend, or subvert the author’s understanding of history? How does the writer go about researching and attributing history which folds into their fiction, and what unwritten contract of authenticity does the writer owe its reader? Explore these challenges with national bestselling author Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes, The Illegal) during a four day intensive on historical fiction.
What does the program offer?
Workshop participants can expect to take part in a supportive, collegial set of discussions and one-one consultations around the challenges in researching, writing, selling and speaking publicly about historical fiction. The aim is to stimulate and motivate participants to return, more energized and focused than before, to their own manuscripts. One on One consultations with Lawrence Hill will take place over three program days.
Who should apply?
Emerging and established writers who are working on a book-length work of historical fiction.
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.
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.
A series of seminars and one public event will be presented by the lead faculty.
Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
How to Apply
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.