Indigenous Arts | Write Over Here: Open Rezidency Online

Alberta, Canada

Mar 8 - Mar 27, 2021


100% scholarship available.

PHONE: 403.762.6180

Write Over Here: Open Rezidency is a three week online self-directed residency, where self-motivated Indigenous writers are invited to work within their community to engage with faculty to support their practice.


Write Over Here: Open Rezidency is a three week online self-directed residency, where self-motivated writers are invited to work within their community to engage with faculty to support their practice.  Participants will meet with the faculty team via Zoom for weekly gathering where they cohort will come together to connect, share readings, and have deeper discussions on their process. 

Throughout the residency, faculty will offer one-on-one meetings, as well as workshops that explore different writing practices. Writers will have the opportunity to engage with faculty throughout their time as needed and scheduled, and are encouraged to connect with their peers, as well as continue to engage in their independent writing practice on and offline.

What Does the Program Offer?

Write Over Here: Open Rezidency offers participants the opportunity to focus on tools to help create the time and space to write from home. Writers will deepen their artistry and technical application with Literary mentorship from faculty of various writing genres, create peer relationships and expand their professional networks, and have the opportunity for possible collaborations following their time with at Banff Centre. This is a self-motivated residency and encourages participants to discover best practices to engage and inspire writing to happen at home. 

Who Should Apply?

This residency is open to Indigenous people from all regions locally, nationally, and internationally, however participants will need to factor in the time zone consideration as online activities will be centered within Mountain Standard Time. This residency is an ideal fit for both Indigenous emerging writers, and established writers with a professional writing practice, who are comfortable reading and sharing their original material.

Artists should have produced at least one published body of work, and received recognition through public presentation in performance or recordings as well as from their peers.

Program Dates: March 08 -  27, 2021

Application Deadline: January 20, 2021

Learn more and apply online:


Featured Writers Include:

- Lindsay Nixon, Lead Faculty

- Waubgeshig Rice, Faculty

- Keith Barker, Faculty

- Richard Van Camp, Guest Faculty


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature


Online residency
Alberta, Canada

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.

Banff Centre’s Literary Arts programs provide an inspiring space and focused time for emerging and established writers to push the boundaries of their talent and realize their potential. Our programs prepare writers in all genres for literary success on a national and international scale.Since the first summer playwriting program was offered in 1937, Banff Centre has provided writers with exceptional opportunities for artistic development within a community of supportive peers. Today, our year-round roster of intensive thematic residencies involves many of Canada’s most celebrated writers.

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.

Literary Arts Programs at Banff Centre include:

- Banff International Literary Translation Centre (BILTC)

- Emerging Writers Intensive

- Investigative Journalism Intensive

- Literary Journalism

- Mountain and Wilderness Writing

- Self-Directed Writers Retreats

- Spoken Word (bi-annual)

- Thematic Residencies (Spring + Fall)

- Writing Studio

* Note: in a time of social distancing and travel restrictions, Banff Centre has transitioned it's programming online and hope to offer on campus programs once it is safe to do so. Above noted programs are subject to change.