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Summer Writers Session 2021 Online

Literary Arts

Program Information

Writers Jordan Able and Kaie Kellough side by side


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 session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice, and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Kaie Kellough and Jordan Abel. 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. 

We are pleased to offer writers working in French the opportunity to apply and be adjudicated for this program in French. Faculty Kaie Kellough will be available during the residency to work with French manuscripts and offer mentorship in French. Please note, however, that our programs and official Banff Centre administration are conducted in English.

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.

What's Included

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This program offers one-on-one workshop sessions. 

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee
Program Fee with Financial Assistance*

Application fee: $25 (non-refundable)

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

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

  • A writing sample of relevant work not exceeding 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.

Contact the Registrar

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

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