Emerging Writers Intensive | Literary Arts

Date: Apr 3, 2019

Deadline: Jul 31, 2019 - 11:45 pm


This workshop-based program embraces multiple genres, providing structured support for new, creative writers wanting to improve their writing skills. Four faculty members work closely with eight participants in one of the following genres: first-chapter novel, creative nonfiction, poetry and short fiction. 

Participants read the submissions of fellow group members, then give and receive feedback during three-hour morning workshops. Afternoons are devoted to writing time and to meeting one-on-one with faculty. An energizing, transformative experience designed to help participants take their writing to a new level, this program is a perfect entry point into the Banff Centre’s full suite of Literary Arts programs.

What does the program offer?

This program offers a wide range of writers the opportunity to work on a portion of a manuscript in a workshop setting with editorial faculty. The program will help writers build their critical vocabulary, making them better critics of their own and others’ work. 

Participants will also learn more about the craft of writing and about the conventions and possibilities for innovation in their chosen genre. Evening readings give writers a chance to practice presenting their work to a warm, encouraging audience.

Merit, not means, drives opportunity at the Banff Centre. Participants in this program will receive 100% scholarship for tuition.

Who should apply?

Any new writer interested in structured feedback from faculty and fellow participants will benefit from this program. The program is open to writers with no publications, a few publications, or even a first book, in the genres of poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction and first-chapter novel. 

First-chapter novel participants should note that it is only the first chapter, not the entire novel, that they will work on during this program.

Writers from all backgrounds and all gender identities and expressions are encouraged to apply.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Program Fee: $1,400.82 +GST*
Program Fee with Financial Aid: $0.00
Application fee: $65
*Financial Aid of up to 100% of the program fee is available for this program.

If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials.
Application Deadline: July 31, 2019
Dates: October 7-October 14, 2019

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