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2019 Banff Retreat Now Sold Out

We are pleased to announce our Banff Retreat will take place February 15 – 24, 2019, and registrations are now open. Our annual Banff Retreat is a self-guided retreat and a great opportunity to connect with fellow writers and enjoy uninterrupted writing time among amazing scenery at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

The retreat provides accommodation in a private room (with a desk), a meal plan, use of Banff Centre amenities including complimentary access to the Sally Borden recreation centre, welcome and farewell receptions, evening readings, and access to the Writers in Residence. 

We are in the process of hiring two Writers in Residence, one from an open call of Alberta authors and one invited from out of province. If you are interested in applying for the Alberta writer in residence position, please visit the job post. The Writers in Residence will be announced by late October or early November.


Full Retreat (February 15 – 24, 2019): $1100 WGA members, $1180 non-members (non-member rate includes one-year membership)

Half Retreat (February 15 – 19 or February 20 – 24, 2019): $675 WGA members, $755 non-members (non-member rate includes one-year membership)

Cancellation Policy  
If you cancel: You will receive:
On or before January 15, 2019 100% of the registration fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee
January 16 – February 1, 2019 50% of the registrations fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee
After February 1, 2019 No refund

Bursary availability is contingent on donations. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please email us at [email protected] and we will be in touch if we have funds available. Retreat costs may be eligible for funding from arts granting agencies such as Alberta Foundation for the Arts and Edmonton Arts Council.

How to Register

Please fill out the registration form below to register. After submitting the form, you will be redirected to a payment page, where you have the choice of paying online in full or paying a 50% deposit. You may also choose to pay offline and mail a cheque to our main office or call 780.422.8174 (1.800.665.5354 toll free Alberta only) to give your credit card payment.

If your registration form has been submitted successfully, you should receive an automatic email confirmation, which indicates  your registration has been received safely. If you do not receive a confirmation email or receipt, please let us know at [email protected].

You may save the form in progress and continue later, but please note your spot is not secured until the form is completed and submitted.

If you are unable to submit the registration form online, please contact the WGA office at [email protected] or 780.422.8174 (1.800.665.5354 toll free Alberta only) and we will make other arrangements.

The deadline for registration and payment in full is Thursday, December 13, 2018.

If you wish for a Writer in Residence to give a consultation on a piece of writing, the manuscript must be submitted in advance by the registration deadline, Thursday, December 13, 2018. More information and reminders about manuscript submission will be sent to participants in advance of the deadline.

We have 20 spots available in each half of the retreat.

The 2019 Banff Retreat is now sold out. Please contact us at [email protected] to be added to a waiting list.


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