Open Call

Mountain Writers Intensive 2024

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


Writers in all genres — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, history, biography, and memoir — are encouraged to apply. We welcome all writers (emerging and established), from all backgrounds, as well as gender identities and expressions.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


October 23, 2024 - November 12, 2024


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$1,848.00 program fee (one-time)


Individual Studio


Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Discussion, Readings, Self-Directed, Visiting Professionals


Fiction, Literature, Nonfiction, Poetry



Program Description

This three-week residency is for writers working in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry), on mountain narratives, environmental journalism, adventure stories, or projects with a theme of the human relationship to landscape. In the niche genre of Mountain Literature, the journey of self-exploration and the psychology of extreme endeavours are as much a focus as the physical accomplishments involved, and there is a strong emphasis on literary quality and development of narrative. Writers will enjoy dedicated writing time and the communality of a small group of writing peers. This program overlaps with the world-renowned Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival where visiting authors, editors, agents or publishers will offer further enrichment and inspiration. Writers will meet regularly with faculty and other participants to share work and projects. During the program, participants will take part in scheduled workshops with faculty and guest speakers.

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