When I signed up to come to Banff to write for a week and get some guidance on my novel, I did it somewhat blindly. There wasn’t much information on line about the offered Program, Writing in Style, and even less about the specific workshops offered. My choices were poetry, memoir, short fiction, and historical fiction.
Poetry, uh, no. And memoir? Impossible! I can’t remember any thing from before I was 45. That left short fiction and historical fiction. I know I have a lot to learn about writing short, and I would certainly benefit from such a session, but that wasn’t my goal in seeking out a residency. My goal was and is to finish my novel, so that left me with historical.
Not really a bad choice for me since I’ve written a couple shorts that fall into that category, but since there is an historical element in my novel, the fit seemed perfect. So I signed up and here I am. I didn’t know what to expect.
I knew very little about the Banff Center–er, CENTRE, I’m in Canada don’t you know–but the program offers a room, wi-fi, printer service, and food available that I don’t have to cook, so I was good to go, up for anything.
I feel very lucky. Who I got was Joan Clark. She’s written several books, including The Victory of Geraldine Gull,The Dream Carvers, Latitudes of Melt, and An Audience of Chairs plus a new one just coming out. I don’t know the title, but I’ll find out.
And though I haven’t seen a bear yet nor had a beer, I’m pretty happy with the whole set up. Now I get to go and write! More pictures on my Facebook Page!