Open Call

Literary Journalism - November 2024

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. Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date. Note: Past participants of Literary Journalism are not eligible, as are those who have attended any Banff Centre program in the last 12 months.

Number of Participants

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


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


November 18, 2024 - November 29, 2024


  • CA$65.00 application fee


Individual Studio, Library




Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Retreat, Self-Directed


Journalism, Nonfiction



Program Description

This two-week residency encourages the exploration of new ideas in literary journalism (Creative Non-Fiction) and experimentation in writing. Designed to challenge and stimulate, the program aims to inspire creative pieces of non-fiction and to assist the writers in their completion. A pre-eminent space for long-form journalism, this residency emphasizes the strengths of thorough and articulate reporting, distinctive storytelling, and literary devices. Faculty provide mentorship and one-on-one workshopping. Instructors will discuss story ideas, craft concepts such as voice and structure, and challenges writers may be encountering with their literary journalism. Writers will have time to work on their manuscripts, receive individual consultations with faculty, and participate in group discussions. Running from November 18 - 29, 2024, this residency receives a full scholarship, including accommodation and meals.

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