Banff Centre Invites Application for Literary Journalism Programme

Brian Calliou, BANFF
Brian Calliou, BANFF

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is inviting fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, freelance critics or curators, artists, and academics, among others to apply for its month-long literary journalism residency programme.

The programme encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation in writing. It is designed to challenge and stimulate and aims to inspire creative pieces of writing, which might otherwise be difficult to complete.

The programme 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 programme, a series of outstanding guest writers and editors will be on hand for public talks and informal discussions.

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

The programme is designed for writers seeking professional development opportunity in a community of peers with the guidance of an experienced writer/editor. Each participant is expected to prepare a long form piece of between 5,000 and 10,000+ words.

Participants should be experienced professionals, active in the diversified fields of writing, including print or electronic media. Emphasis is placed on those who can write for a lay audience with logic, vigour, and charm—and those who have a portfolio to prove it.

The programme welcomes writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. It is run in English and the commission is payable for an English language essay, in Canadian dollars and is subject to Canadian income tax laws.

Application closes on February 12, 2020. For further information and to apply, interested persons should visit