Banff Centre Literary Journalism Essay


This month-long residency in one of the Leighton Artists' Studios enables writers to work on their manuscripts, receive individual consultations with faculty, and participate in round-table discussions. A preeminent space for long form journalism, this residency emphasizes the strengths thorough and articulate reporting, distinctive story-telling, literary devices, and—as always—captivating writing. 

What does the program offer?

This program encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation in writing. By placing participants in a setting designed to challenge and stimulate, this program aims to inspire creative pieces of writing, which might otherwise be difficult to complete. During this four-week residency, a series of outstanding guest writers and editors will be on-hand for a series of public talks and informal discussions. 

Successful applicants will receive 100% scholarship to cover the program fee, a $2000 commission award for work produced during the residency, and a travel allowance. 

Who should apply

This program is designed for writers seeking a professional development opportunity in a community of peers with the guidance of an experienced writer/editor as you prepare a long form (5,000-10,000+ words) piece. 

Participants should be experienced professionals, actively participating in the diversified fields of writing, including print or electronic media. This program is open to fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, freelance critics or curators, artists, academics, with an emphasis on those who can write for a lay audience with logic, vigour, and charm – and have a portfolio to prove it. 

The Literary Journalism program is generously supported by: 

Rogers Communications Chair in Literary Journalism Endowment Fund

(Gaspar Tringal)

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity has named U.S. journalist Susan Orlean the new Rogers Communications Chair in Literary Journalism. Orleans, who has been a staff writer at the New Yorker since 1992, is the author of eight books, including the bestseller The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Academy Award–winning film Adaptation.

Orlean, who takes over from outgoing chair Ian Brown, starts her three-year position on July 2, 2018. In a press release she says, “Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity is one of the most vibrant inspiring places I’ve ever visited. I’m thrilled to be joining the literary journalism program, especially at this moment, when telling true stories with heart and insight is so essential.”

The Banff Centre also announced that its new investigative journalism program will be extended for two years until 2019.


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