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.
Deadline extended for poetry applications only.
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.
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.
This program offers opportunities to showcase your work-in-progress in one of our performance venues.
Access a wide range of publications, books, music and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open 6 days a week.
Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.
Fees & Financial Assistance
Application fee: $65
*Financial Aid up to approximately 50% is available for this program.
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How to Apply
Applications will only be considered for one genre of writing, i.e. either narrative or poetry.
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.
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.
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.