Writing Studio

Literary Arts
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Program Information

Overview

An ideal environment for artistic inspiration and growth, Writing Studio is structured to provide an extended period of uninterrupted writing time, one-on-one editorial assistance from experienced writers/editors, and an opportunity to engage with a community of working writers.

What does the program offer?

This program is designed to offer the freedom of unstructured time in accordance to each individual participant’s needs and desired outcomes, in addition the opportunity to work with our esteemed faculty mentors during the five week program. Writing Studio also features a weekly reading series, as well as one-on-one sessions with a voice and relaxation instructor to help you develop your public reading skills.

Who should apply

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

Faculty

What's Included

Single RoomRead MoreClose

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.

Regular Meal PlanRead MoreClose

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.

Showcase your workRead MoreClose

This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.

Gym MembershipRead MoreClose

Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.

Box Office DiscountsRead MoreClose

Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

Participant ResourcesRead MoreClose

Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program fee (single room)*
$5 109.38
+GST

Application fee: $65

*Financial Aid up to approximately 50% is available for this program

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials to SlideRoom.

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How to Apply

Financial assistance

Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.

Resume

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

References

Contact details for two referees.

Project proposal

A description of the project you will be working on, and a brief statement of your expectations and goals for the program.

Portfolio

A segment from the work-in-progress you will work on during the program and samples of additional published or unpublished work (40 pages max in total)

Applications will only be considered for one genre of writing, i.e. either narrative or poetry. 

Adjudication

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, approximately 3-5 weeks following the application deadline.

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 a book-length manuscript, which they will develop during their time in the program. The preferred situation is that the participant be already at work on the manuscript, so that material exists that can be discussed and edited.

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

Note: Past participants of the Writing Studio or the Wired Writing Studio must wait at least one year before applying again to either program, and should be working on a different project. Those accepted as participants to the program who subsequently find themselves unable to attend for the full program schedule are asked to withdraw and re-apply another year.

Note:

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