Investigative Journalism Intensive

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2019


TUITION / COST:1564.30
*Financial Aid of 100% of the program fee is available for this program.

CONTACT: Rhona Dolson

This intensive program teaches journalists and nonfiction writers to use investigative research techniques as they create compelling narratives.


In the age of alt-facts, deeply researched reporting is more crucial than ever to the viability of an informed citizenry and a healthy democracy. Investigative reporters craft the stories that form the heart of our public discourse. These stories require advanced technical skills, but over the past decade, data transparency laws have been empowering all writers to explore their ideas more fully than ever before.

This program teaches nonfiction writers and journalists to use investigative research techniques as they create compelling narratives.

What does the program offer?

This residency provides a wide-ranging introduction to the use of investigative research in nonfiction writing. Through a combination of interactive seminars and workshops, participants will learn to identify research sources, mine the necessary information, and turn data and interviews into rich, engaging narratives.

Morning seminars will teach techniques ranging from handling adversarial interviews to digitally-assisted reporting to navigating freedom of information laws. Afternoon workshops will be devoted to the application of these skills in crafting a narrative and reviewing participants’ works.

Instructors will be available to meet privately with writers to discuss ideas, drafts of articles and scripts, and obstacles participants may be encountering with their reporting.

Who should apply?

Journalists and writers who are working on investigative projects or are interested in improving their investigative skills are invited to apply. The program will be of particular interest to recent graduates, freelancers, and those hoping to bring fresh details and new techniques to their work.

Writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions are encouraged to apply.


Featured Writers Include:

Robert Cribb


Patti Sonntag



Creative nonfiction


107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
PO Box 1020
Alberta, Canada
T1L 1H5

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Founded in 1933, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is a learning organization built upon an extraordinary legacy of excellence in artistic and creative development. What started as a single course in drama has grown to become the global organization leading in arts, culture, and creativity across dozens of disciplines. From our home in the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity aims to inspire everyone who attends our campus – artists, leaders, and thinkers – to unleash their creative potential.