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Spring Writers Retreat 2021 Online

Literary Arts

Program Information

Photo of program faculty, Jenna Butler and angela rawlings

Photo of program faculty, Jenna Butler and angela rawlings


This 8-day session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Jenna Butler and angela rawlings. 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 intense workshops followed by 5 days of short one-on-one meetings, and then a closing reflective session.

What does the program offer?

This 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.


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.


8-day synchronous Zoom sessions. On-line lectures and workshops with embedded Q&A sessions.

The sessions will open with longer intense workshops followed by 5 days of short one-on-one meetings, and then a closing reflective session on the final day. 


Saturday March 20 10:30-11:00, 11:30-1:30 and 2:00-4:00
Sunday March 21 11:30-1:30 and 2:00-4:00
Monday March 22 through Friday March 26: 1/2 hour one-on-one sessions (to be scheduled by faculty)
Saturday March 23 11:00-1:00

Note: all times MST and to be confirmed



What's Included

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Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee*
Program Fee with Financial Aid

Application fee: $25

Financial Aid of 100% of the program fee is available for this program.

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 project you are working on. These summaries will be used as a narrative for administrative and public use.

Work Sample

1 writing sample of relevant work not exceeding 10 pages.

Spring Writers Retreat 2021 only accepts projects that are being written in English.



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.

Contact the Registrar

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

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