I’ve Been Accepted Into Banff’s Writing Studio Residency

From time to time, a nice email pops-up in your inbox informing you of your acceptance to the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity’s Writing Studio residency.

I look forward to connecting and working with other artists & poets during my stay there. And, of course, to getting some fresh air and mountain views! It’s Banff, after all.

I’m especially excited to meet and work with Karen Solie, Associate Director, Poetry. I hope she’ll be there.

In case any of you are curious to apply, bellow is more information about the program. The text is taken directly from the centre’s website: https://www.banffcentre.ca


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.


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.


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