Open Call

Emerging Writers Residency: Poetry 2023

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


Any new writer of poetry 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. Note: While the language of Banff Centre is English, we also welcome projects in Punjabi for this residency. Writers of all ages (18+), backgrounds, gender identities, and expressions are encouraged to apply.

Number of Participants

14 participants will be accepted into this program.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


September 25, 2023 - October 06, 2023


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$2,860.00 program fee (one-time)


Desk Space, Individual Studio


Hotel, Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch


Literature, Poetry


English, Punjabi

Program Description

This two-week writing program supports new writers in poetry at varying levels of accomplishment, from not-yet-published writers to those with one published book. In this workshop-based residency, you will work closely with our faculty, Suzanne Zelazo, Sharanpal Ruprai, and professional guest Helen Hajnoczky, to expand your practice and focus on improving writing skills. The Emerging Writers Residency is an energizing, transformative experience, designed to help you take your writing to a new level. This residency is a perfect entry point into Banff Centre’s full suite of Literary Arts programs, offering new writers the opportunity to work on a portion of a manuscript in a workshop setting directly with faculty. The program will help you build your critical vocabulary, making you better critics of your own and others’ work. You will also learn more about the craft of writing, and about the conventions and possibilities for innovation in poetry. *Financial Aid available.

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