Open Call

Winter Writers Retreat 2022 Literary Arts | In Person

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

No Funding
Banff, Canada


Please note: International participants are welcome to apply to on-campus programs that start after January 1, 2022. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and ask that all those applying to programs investigate and monitor current regulations of the country from which you will be travelling. Note that if a quarantine period is required, this will be at the expense of the participant. (Please click here for up to date travel restriction measures).

Number of Participants

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions. 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. This program is not open to applicants who have taken part in a Banff Centre residency in the last year, nor to current faculty members of any other Banff Centre programming.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 17, 2022 - January 30, 2022


  • CA$65.00 application fee
  • CA$3,016.00 program fee (one-time)


Individual Studio, Library


Private Room


Breakfast, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Tea

Public Programs

Discussion, Mentors, Retreat, Self-Directed, Visiting Professionals


Fiction, Literature, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry


No languages listed

Program Description

Overview 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, a personal studio space to work from is provided and available 24 hours a day, and you will be surrounded by a community of artistic peers. What does the program offer? The program provides opportunities for consultations with guest mentors, and optional group sessions led by guest mentors that allow writers to explore literary tools, aspects, and devices that you may find useful in your practice. This 14-day residency provides thematic teaching from faculty members, Q&A sessions, and one-on-one workshopping. Instructors will discuss ideas, experiences, and obstacles that participants may be encountering with their writing across genre. This flexible program allows you to choose the amount of support you are looking for. All program elements are optional.

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