Banff Centre | Summer Writers Session 2021 Online

Alberta, Canada

Aug 7 - Aug 13, 2021


TUITION / COST:$251.65
Participants will receive 100% scholarship to cover the program fees.


This 7-day online residency provides thematic teaching from faculty members, Q&A sessions and one-on-one workshopping.


This 7-day online 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.

What does the program offer?

This 7-day session will allow writers across genre to explore craft, voice and workshop their manuscripts with exceptional faculty Kaie Kellough and Jordan Abel. Faculty will share their own work, present talks and field questions about craft, and work with writers to hone their writing in progress. The session will open with longer intense workshops followed by 5 days of short one-on-one meetings, and then a closing reflective session.

We are pleased to offer writers working in French the opportunity to apply and be adjudicated for this program in French. Faculty Kaie Kellough will be available during the residency to work with French manuscripts and offer mentorship in French. Please note, however, that our programs and official Banff Centre administration are conducted in English.

Who should apply?

Writers in all creative genres are invited to apply. The program is designed for emerging and established writers with a proven publication record.

We welcome writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions.

**Summer Writers Session participants will receive 100% scholarship to cover the program fees.

Program Dates: August 7 - 13, 2021

Program Deadline: June 30, 2021

Learn more and apply online:


Featured Writers Include:

Kaie Kellough

Jordan Abel


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


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.