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2018 Banff Retreat

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 Writer in Residence. 

We are happy to announce Lee Kvern and Bradley Somer will be our Writers in Residence at our 2018 Banff Retreat. Lee and Bradley will be available for individual consultations at the retreat.


Full Retreat (February 2 – 11, 2018): $1100 WGA members, $1180 non-members (non-member rate includes one-year membership) – FULL

Half Retreat (February 2 – 6 or February 7 – 11, 2018): $675 WGA members, $755 non-members (non-member rate includes one-year membership) – Feb. 2-6 half retreat is FULL

Cancellation Policy  
If you cancel: You will receive:
On or before January 2, 2018 100% of the registration fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee
January 3 – 19, 2018 50% of the registrations fees refunded minus a nonrefundable $50 administration fee
After January 19, 2018 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 contact the WGA office at [email protected] or 780.422.8174 (1.800.665.5354 toll free Alberta only) to register.

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

The Full Retreat (February 2 – 11) and February 2 – 6 Half Retreat is now SOLD OUT. The February 7 – 11 Half Retreat is still available. Please contact us if you would like to be added to a waiting list for February 2 – 6.


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