This month-long residency in one of the Leighton Artists Studios enables writers to work on their manuscripts, receive individual consultations with faculty, and participate in round-table discussions. A preeminent space for long form journalism, this residency emphasizes the strengths of thorough and articulate reporting, distinctive storytelling, literary devices, and—as always—captivating writing.
Work created in this program has been published in many outlets including The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, and The Atlantic, and pieces have gone on to win National Magazine and National Newspaper Awards.
What does the program offer?
This program encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation in writing. By placing participants in a setting designed to challenge and stimulate, this program aims to inspire creative pieces of writing, which might otherwise be difficult to complete. During this four-week residency, a series of outstanding guest writers and editors will be on-hand for public talks and informal discussions.
Successful applicants will receive 100% scholarship to cover the program fee, a $2,000 commission award for work produced during the residency, and a travel allowance.
Who should apply?
This program is designed for writers seeking a professional development opportunity in a community of peers with the guidance of an experienced writer/editor, as each participant prepares a long form piece (5,000-10,000+ words).
Participants should be experienced professionals, active in the diversified fields of writing, including print or electronic media. This program is open to fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, freelance critics or curators, artists, and academics, with an emphasis on those who can write for a lay audience with logic, vigour, and charm—and those who have a portfolio to prove it.