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Writing Studio Online 2021

Literary Arts

Program Information

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Collage of Writing Studio Faculty members

Overview

An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, Writing Studio Online 2021 provides writers and poets with extended mentorship and interaction with exceptional faculty. Focused on early and mid-stage career writers of fiction (or other narrative prose) and poetry who are currently working towards developing a book-length manuscript with the guidance of an experienced mentor. 

What does the program offer?

This program is designed to offer talks, readings, Q&A sessions and mentorship in accordance to each individual participant’s needs and desired outcomes, in addition, the opportunity to work with our esteemed faculty mentors during the two-week program.

Who should apply?

Early and mid-stage career writers of fiction (or other narrative prose) and poetry who are seeking to develop a book-length manuscript with the guidance of an experienced mentor. Our focus is on revising a section of the manuscript. This program is designed for published poets, writers of fiction, and other narrative prose. 

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

Itinerary

Online sessions will be hosted via the Zoom platform.

  • Saturday April 24, 2021 – 1:00 pm MST: 1-hour Zoom introduction / opening / orientation session
  • Sunday April 25, 2021 – 1:00 pm MST: 1-hour Zoom talk/reading/Q&A with Caroline Adderson
  • Monday April 26, 2021 – Friday April 30, 2021: first 1-hour Zoom one-on-sessions between participants and assigned faculty member (scheduled independently)
  • Saturday May 1, 2021 – 1:00 pm MST – 1-hour Zoom talk/reading/Q&A with Shyam Selvadurai
  • Sunday May 2, 2021 – 2:00 pm MST – 1-hour Zoom talk/reading/Q&A with Karen Solie
  • Monday May 3, 2021 – Friday May 7, 2021: second 1-hour Zoom one-on-one sessions between participants and assigned faculty member (scheduled independently)
  • Saturday May 8, 2021 – 1:00 pm MST – 1-hour Zoom closing session (debrief, closing comments from participants and faculty, administrative issue

Note: schedule subject to change, all times are listed in MOUNTAIN STANDARD TIME (MST)

Faculty

What's Included

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Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee
$539.25
+GST
Program Fee with financial assistance
$0.00
+GST

Application fee: $25

*Financial Aid up to 100% is available for this program

 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. 

How to Apply

It is important to be aware of all steps included in submitting your application.
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Resume

A one to two page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Letter of Intent

A one-page letter explaining why you are interested in this program and what you hope to achieve by taking part.

Project Proposal

Your proposal should be a maximum of 2 pages, 12 pt. font and double spaced. Additional pages will not be considered.

Portfolio

Please submit the material you would like to work on during the program, to a maximum of 10,000 words (prose) OR 10 pages (poetry).  Additional material will not be considered. 

Please make sure your prose writing samples are double spaced and 12 point font (formatting rules do not apply to poetry samples).

Adjudication

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

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.

Eligibility

Applicants will normally, but not necessarily, have published a body of work (a book of poetry, fiction or other narrative prose, or substantial publication in magazines and/or anthologies). Applicants are accepted to the Writing Studio to work on an excerpt of a book-length manuscript. The preferred situation is that the participant be already at work on the manuscript, so that material exists that can be discussed and edited.

Banff Centre is unable to offer editorial assistance to writers who have manuscripts already submitted and are in the editing process with a publisher.

Writing Studio does not accept applications for Children’s Literature or Screenplay projects.

This session only accepts projects that are being written in English.

This program is not open to previous Writing Studio participants, applicants who have taken part in a Banff Centre residency in the last year, nor to current faculty members of any 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:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989