Indigenous Writing Program

While I was up in the NWT, I spoke to a number of young people in small communities like Gameti and Inuvik  and in the larger community of Yellowknife about becoming writers.  I told them that words have tremendous power, the power to open our eyes and our hearts. I was honest with them them when I said that working in the arts can be a financial struggle.  I also told them that I have never regretted my decision to follow my heart and become a writer.  I hope that some of the those I spoke to on my norther tour will consider telling their stories. We need to hear their voices. We need the power of change that story can bring.

For those of you who may be considering writing, here is one option.

Indigenous Writing Program
September 7 – 19, 2015 (on-site residency)
September 28- December 4, 2015 (online program)
Application deadline: May 1, 2015
Note to Canadian applicants: Applications are made directly to the Canada Council for the Arts.

About the Indigenous Writing Program
The Indigenous Writing Program is a unique opportunity for writers to develop their writing and storytelling voices amidst a vibrant community of renowned faculty and fellow writers. It offers an extended period of writing time: an intensive two-week residency at The Banff Centre followed by 10 weeks working online from your own home or work space. Writers accepted to the program will receive invaluable one-on-one editorial feedback with outstanding faculty during the residency and continue working online with a mentor-editor throughout the 10 weeks.
The Indigenous Writing Program integrates one-on-one and group sessions, focused writing time, and the opportunity to present one’s work alongside faculty in a dynamic reading series at The Banff Centre. The program supports Indigenous storytellers by enabling concentrated manuscript development under the mentorship of acclaimed Indigenous writers, by cultivating the important role of writers as storytellers, and by integrating culturally relevant perspectives and guidance throughout the program. Writers apply directly to the Canada Council for the Arts.
Applicants accepted to the program will receive a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts which covers 100% of program fees, accommodation, meals, and travel.

The Banff Centre is a wonderful place for creators to kick it up a notch. Check out some of their other programs too.

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