Mountain Writers Intensive 2024

Overview

The Mountain Writers Intensive is a three-week residency for nine writers working in any genre (fiction, nonfiction, journalism, or poetry), on mountain narratives, environmental journalism, stories of adventure, or projects with a theme of the human relationship to landscape. In the niche genre of Mountain Literature, the journey of self-exploration and the psychology of extreme endeavors are as much a focus as the physical accomplishments involved, and there is a strong emphasis on literary quality and development of narrative. 

Writers will enjoy dedicated, uninterrupted writing time in a spectacular mountain setting, and the communality of a small group of writing peers from around the world. This program overlaps with the world-renowned Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival where visiting authors, editors, agents or publishers will offer further enrichment and inspiration.

What does the program offer?

Writers will be encouraged to meet regularly with faculty and other writing participants to share work and projects for peer review. During the program, participants will take part in scheduled workshops with faculty and guest speakers, where participants will learn from experiences from other authors and share best practices.

The residency includes on-campus lodging and meals — all participants have to do is focus on their craft and soak up the inspiration.

Who should apply?

Writers in all genres — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, history, biography, and memoir — are encouraged to apply. We welcome all writers (emerging and established), from all backgrounds, as well as gender identities and expressions. Applicants must be ages 18+ at the time of the program start date.

*Financial Aid available.

Program Dates: October 23 - November 12, 2024
Application Deadline: September 11, 2024
Learn more and apply online

 

Deadline
Residency Length
3 weeks - 3 weeks
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
9
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Discipline
Literature
Literary Nonfiction
Writing
Companions
N/A
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
N/A
Stage of Career
Established
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Meals Provided
All meals
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information

Each residency has specific eligibility requirements; please visit our website for our current and available programs open for application.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
9
Artist Stipend
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
Residency Fees
6011
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Fee Details

Please visit the program page to learn more about fees and financial assistance. 

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
4163
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

Banff Centre offers a range of scholarship and funding opportunities for each residency. If you would like to be considered, please complete the Financial Aid section when uploading your supporting materials through the application portal. 

Please visit the Fees & Financial Aid section of the program page to learn more about individual program's specific fees and funding availabilities. 

Application Fee
65
Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Application Type
Open application