Open Call

Literary Journalism - Environmental Writing

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


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. Applicants 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. All applicants must be 18+ at the time of the program start date. Note: Past participants of Literary Journalism are not eligible. Those who have participated in any Banff Centre program in the last 12 months are also not eligible to apply.

Number of Participants

This small cohort will be made up of 14 individual writers.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


March 24, 2025 - April 07, 2025


  • CA$65.00 application fee


Individual Studio, Library




Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs



Journalism, Nonfiction



Program Description

This two-week residency encourages writers of Literary Journalism focusing on Environmental Concerns. Designed to challenge and stimulate, the program aims to inspire creative pieces of non-fiction and to assist the writers in their completion. The program addresses universal environmental concerns at a time when they could not be more relevant – from fire and flood, to climate change, to life after oil. A preeminent space for long-form journalism, this residency emphasizes the strengths of thorough and articulate reporting, distinctive storytelling, and literary devices. Running from February 24 - March 7, 2025, this residency receives a full scholarship, including accommodation and meals. Visit to find out more about this residency and our other Literary Arts programs for 2024/2025.

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