Deadline: 01/08/2018

Emerging Writers Intensive

Embraces multiple genres, providing structured support for new creative writers.

This workshop-based program embraces multiple genres, providing structured support for new creative writers wanting to improve their writing skills. Four faculty work closely with eight participants in one of the following genres: first chapter novel, creative nonfiction, poetry, and short fiction. 

Participants read the submissions of fellow group members, then give and receive feedback during three-hour morning workshops. Afternoons are devoted to writing time, and to meeting one-on-one with faculty. An energizing, transformative experience, designed to help participants take their writing to a new level, this program is a perfect entry point into Banff Centre’s full suite of Literary Arts programs.

What does the program offer?
This program offers a wide range of writers the opportunity to work on a portion of a manuscript in a workshop setting with editorial faculty. The program will help writers build their critical vocabulary, making them better critics of their own and others’ work. 

Participants will also learn more about the craft of writing, and about the conventions and possibilities for innovation, in their chosen genre. Evening readings give writers a chance to practice presenting their work to a warm, encouraging audience.  

Who should apply?
Any new writer interested in structured feedback from faculty and fellow participants will benefit from this program. The program is open to writers with no publications, a few publications, or even a first book, in the genres of poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and first chapter novel. 

First chapter novel participants should note that it is only the first chapter, not the entire novel, that they will work on in this program.


  • Elizabeth Philips (Program Director, poetry)
  • Ayelet Tsabari (Faculty, short-fiction)
  • Kyo Maclear (Faculty, creative non-fiction)
  • Michael Lowenthal (Faculty, first chapter, novel)

Application Requirements:

  • Financial Assistance: Be sure to complete the Financial Aid section to be eligible for financial assistance.
  • Genre: Identify which of the four genres you wish to be considered for: poetry, creative nonfiction, short fiction, or first chapter novel.
  • Short Bio: A 100-word biography. 
  • Resume: A one-page resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant creative experience.
  • Project Proposal: A one-page description of your proposed work-in-progress, describing why you wish to attend Emerging Writers Intensive, what you hope to learn, and what impact it could have on your writing practice.
  • Portfolio:Provide a segment from the work-in-progress that you will work on during the program (maximum 20 pages double spaced). Plus samples of additional published or unpublished work (maximum 20 pages double spaced in total for all samples combined). 

All applications take place through the program page. Learn more here: 

Emerging Writers Intensive

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