Winter Writers Residency

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Winter Writers Residency

The Winter Writers Residency is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, and a small private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers with the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances, and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

What does the program offer?

The three-week Winter Writers Residency will provide writers space for the creative exploration of their writing practice. This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community of your peers around you.

The program provides optional teaching from faculty members and professional guests, Q&A sessions, public events, and one-on-one consultations with mentors. Public readings and group sessions led by guest mentors will explore techniques, aspects and devices that writers may find useful in their practice.

The first two weeks focus on mentorship and consultations with faculty, the third week allows self-directed time for further work on manuscripts and peer community.

The Winter Writers Residency allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional.

Who should apply?

We welcome writers of all ages, backgrounds and all gender identities and expressions. Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated time to work on a project in any genre.

Winter Writers Residency 2024 only accepts projects that are being written in English.This program is not open to applicants who have taken part in a Banff Centre residency in the last year, nor to current faculty members of any other Banff Centre programming.Program Dates: January 15 – February 2, 2024Application Deadline: September 6, 2023To learn more and apply online, visit

*Financial Aid of 100% of tuition and 50% of food and accommodation is available for this program.

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