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Winter Writers Session 2021

Literary Arts

Program Information

Photo of program faculty Emma Healey and Waubgeshig Rice

Photo of program faculty Emma Healey and Waubgeshig Rice


This 3-day session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Waubgeshig Rice and Emma Healey. Faculty will share their own work, present talks and field questions about craft, and work with writers to hone their writing in progress. The Winter Writers Session is a small cohort program that provides writers with a chance to learn from each other and faculty, attend exclusive talks, ask questions and develop their practice.

What does the program offer?

The Winter Writers Online Session is a small cohort program that gives writers a chance to learn from each other and faculty, attend exclusive talks, ask questions and develop their practice. Participants have a chance to interact with our exceptional faculty focusing on writing across genres. Our marvelous faculty members Waubgeshig Rice and Emma Healey will offer readings, talks workshopping opportunities, and Q&A sessions all delivered digitally over Zoom. Participants should expect dynamic sessions of focused learning, a chance to develop their writing, and forward-looking perspectives on writing.


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.


This 3-afternoon online residency provides broad thematic teaching from faculty members, Q&A sessions, and workshopping. 
Instructors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing of both poetry and fiction.

Tentative schedule

Friday,  January 29, 2021

Session 1 12:00-1:00 pm MDT

Session 2 1:30-3:00pm  MDT

Session 3 3:30-5:00 pm  MDT


Saturday,  January 30, 2021 :


Session 1 1:30-3:00pm MDT

Session 2 3:30-5:00 pm MDT


Sunday, January 31, 2021 :


Session 1 1:30-3:00 pm MDT

Session 2 3:30-5:30 pm MDT


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.

Winter 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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