Alberta cultural hub the Banff Centre has announced its fall 2016 arts programming, including some new additions to its literary residencies.
British-born novelist and travel writer Pico Iyer will expand on his TED talk of the same name in the Art of Stillness Residency Sept. 26–Oct. 8, the centre’s first interdisciplinary program, about reflection and stillness’s relation to artistry in an “accelerated” world. The residency is open to writers, musicians, visual artists, and dancers, and features daily meditative practice alongside seminars, workshops, and “experiential activities” that include nature walks. Arcade Fire member Richard Reed Parry, Sobey’s Arts Award-nominated visual artist Diane Borsato, and choreographer Christopher House are some of the program’s other faculty.
What was once the Writing with Style workshop has been reworked into the Emerging Writers Intensive, led by Saskatchewan poet and The Afterlife of Birds author Elizabeth Philips, and including expert author faculty like Madeleine Thien, Wayne Grady, and Saleema Nawaz. Taking place Nov. 19–27, the program is open to emerging writers in the areas of novel writing (with a focus on the first chapter), creative non-fiction, poetry, and short-fiction.
The centre’s pre-existing Self-directed Writing Residency (minimum of three days, anytime), Fellowship Residency for Scottish Artists Oct. 23–Nov. 27, and Mountain and Wilderness Writing Residency Oct. 28–Nov. 18 continue to be ongoing.