Spend Two Weeks in Banff with Electric Literature

Join EL editors and visiting faculty Meredith Talusan and Susan Choi to study memoir, fiction, and the intersection of the two

Are you a writer of memoir or autofiction? Do you think staring at an incredibly beautiful mountain would help your work? Well, then you’re in luck, because Electric Literature and the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity have put together a program on autobiography and fiction. For two weeks this August, participants will have a chance to hone their craft with guest writers and Electric Lit editors—and perhaps more importantly, work on their manuscripts while looking at scenes like the above.

The program runs from August 12 to August 24 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. With guest faculty—Pulitzer and PEN/Faulkner finalist Susan Choi and Meredith Talusan, executive editor of them.—participants will discuss fiction, memoir, places where the two overlap, and how to decide which is which. How much of your story are you obligated to tell in a memoir—and is there anything you’re obligated to withhold? How can you incorporate aspects of your life into fiction, and what are the ethical implications of writing fiction inspired by people you know? When does craft—or impact—take precedence over accuracy, and vice versa?

In addition to group and individual discussions led by the faculty, there will be two reading nights for participating students to share their works in progress, and a guest speaker event with award-winning Canadian writer Dionne Brand. Electric Lit editors Halimah Marcus and Jess Zimmerman will be on hand for manuscript consultation, and will lead a seminar on strategies for getting published. There’s also a gym, swimming pool, meals, and DID WE MENTION THE MOUNTAINS. (Please scroll up.)

Both emerging and established writers are encouraged to apply until March 27. There’s also financial aid available, for up to half the program cost. There’s also BEARS. Come join us, and then with the skills you’ve gained, expertly incorporate the experience into your novel about a brilliant writer riding a bear down a mountain!

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