Literary Journalism

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Literary Journalism

The application deadline for this opportunity has passed.

This month-long residency encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation in writing. Designed to challenge and stimulate, the program aims to inspire creative pieces of writing, which might otherwise be difficult to complete.

A preeminent space for long-form journalism, this residency emphasizes the strengths of thorough and articulate reporting, distinctive storytelling, and literary devices.

Work created in this program has been published in many outlets including The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and The Atlantic, and pieces have gone on to win National Magazine and National Newspaper Awards.

What does the Program Offer?

This residency gives writers time and studio space to work on their manuscripts, receive individual consultations with faculty, and participate in group discussions. Group sessions include time with editor faculty members and invited guest writers, as well as access to seminars focused on the craft of journalistic writing. During the four-week program, a series of outstanding guest writers and editors will be on hand for public talks and informal discussions.

Successful applicants will receive 100% scholarship to cover tuition, on-site accommodation, and on-site meals. In addition, accepted applicants will be eligible for a travel award to assist with travel costs, and a $2,000 CAD commission for the completed manuscript.

Who Should Apply?

Literary Journalism is designed for writers seeking a professional development opportunity in a community of peers with the guidance of an experienced writer/editor, as each participant prepares a long-form piece (5,000 to 10,000+ words).

Participants should be experienced professionals, active in the diversified fields of writing, including print or electronic media. This program is open to fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, freelance critics or curators, artists, and academics, with an emphasis on those who can write for a lay audience with logic, vigour, and charm—and those who have a portfolio to prove it.

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

Please Note: This program is run in English and the commission is payable for an English language essay. The commission is paid in Canadian dollars and is subject to Canadian income tax laws.

Accepted participants are expected to be on-site for the duration of the program.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2020
Dates: June 29 – July 25, 2020
Participants accepted to the program will receive 100% scholarship to cover the program fee.

For more information and to apply online, visit

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