Spring Writers Retreat 2022 | In-Person

Banff, Alberta, Canada

Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2022


*Financial Aid up to 100% is available for this program.

CONTACT: Cecelia Leddy
PHONE: 4037626180
EMAIL: arts_info@banffcentre.ca
WEBSITE: https://bit.ly/3kLIb8B

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 of your peers around you.


The Spring 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?

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 of your peers around you. 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.

Who should apply?

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.

Please note: International participants are welcome to apply to on-campus programs that start after January 1, 2022. Banff Centre has opted into the Government of Alberta's Restriction Exemption Program, please visit our website for current information on COVID-19 protocols and vaccination requirements.

*Financial Aid of 100% of the program fee is available for this program.

Program Dates: March 7 - 19, 2022

Application Deadline: December 8, 2022

Learn more and apply online: https://bit.ly/3kLIb8B


Featured Writers Include:

Anar Ali: Anar Ali's first book, Baby Khaki's Wings, a collection of short stories, was a finalist for multiple awards including the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Best First Book). Her debut novel, Night of Power (Penguin Random House), was recently published to critical acclaim in Canada, the US, the Indian sub-continent, and is forthcoming in Germany with CulturBooks Verla. Anar is also a screenwriter and works in film and TV, most recently on Transplant, CTV/NBC’s hit new medical drama. She is a graduate of UBC's MFA (Creative Writing) program, and the Canadian Film Center's Writers’ Lab. Anar was born in Tanzania, grew up in Alberta, has lived in Mexico and the UK, and now makes her home in Toronto.

Susan Holbrook: Susan Holbrook’s poetry books are ink earl (Coach House 2021) the Governor General’s Award-nominated and Trillium Book Award-nominated Throaty Wipes (Coach House 2016), Joy Is So Exhausting (Coach House 2009), which was shortlisted for the Trillium Award for Poetry, and misled (Red Deer 1999), which was shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award and the Stephan G. Stephansson Award. She teaches North American literatures and Creative Writing at the University of Windsor. With Thomas Dilworth she edited The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson: Composition as Conversation (Oxford UP 2010). Her textbook How to Read (and Write About) Poetry was released in 2015 (Broadview), and in 2017 she edited Intertidal: The Collected Earlier Poems of Daphne Marlatt (Talonbooks).


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting


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.

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.