Open Call

Winter Writers Retreat 2020 | Literary Arts

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


This self-directed residency offers the opportunity to work away from the constraints of everyday life. Delve deep into your creative project and take advantage of the artistic community around you. Writing circles, formal and informal lectures, and opportunities to workshop your project will be provided. Take advantage of Banff National Park's natural environment and ignite your senses by signing up for various hikes and day trips offered through our Participant Resources department. Participants can request to extend their say for an additional week, from February 2 - 8, 2020 (additional room and meal fees will apply). Mentorship will not be offered during extended stays.

Number of Participants

Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record seeking a period of dedicated time to work on a project in any genre. We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 20, 2020 - February 01, 2020


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$1,729.00 program fee (one-time)


Individual Studio, Library


Private Room


Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Discussion, Mentors, Readings, Retreat, Visiting Professionals


Book Arts, Journalism, Literature


No languages listed

Program Description

The Winter Writers Retreat is a self-directed program that offers time and space for writers to retreat, reconnect, and re-energize their writing practice. In addition to a single room, which doubles as your private studio, you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. You will have the opportunity to attend inspiring talks and performances and meet with guest faculty to consult on your work.

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