Open Call

Emerging Writers Intensive | Literary Arts

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

With Funding
Banff, Canada


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 Banff Centre. Participants in this program will receive 100% scholarship for tuition.

Number of Participants

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.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


October 07, 2019 - October 14, 2019


  • CA$1,400.00 stipend (one-time)


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$1,400.00 program fee (one-time)


Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Discussion, Mentors, Professional Development, Readings, Visiting Professionals


Fiction, Literature, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry


No languages listed

Program Description

This workshop-based program embraces multiple genres, providing structured support for new creative writers wanting to improve their writing skills. Four faculty 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 Banff Centre’s full suite of Literary Arts programs.

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