Banff Centre: Heaven for Writers

I'm just finishing a 10 day residency at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. To say this place makes working easy would be a vast understatement. I've made leaps, connections and choices creatively that I don't think I would have come to, or had the guts to come to, working at home.

Over the past year, for any number of reasons, I've had a hard time finding dedicated time, space and solitude to write. I'm grateful to the Literary Arts program for taking me in here in the Rockies. The Centre has provided me with a quiet place, supportive facilities and, above all else, time. Time to move at my own pace, to structure my day however I see fit. Time to mull it all over and eventually make tough decisions in the service of my project.

Leaving here will be bittersweet. I accomplished what I set out for myself when I left Toronto but I'll so miss this kind of writing freedom. Not to mention the long winter hikes, the mountains, the air, the snow and the wildlife. 

I won't talk about what I've been working on (just yet), so in the mean time, enjoy some photos of my adventure, shot on iPhone 8 and the Fujifilm X100.  I'm not the best photographer, but with scenery like this, its not hard to take a good photo. 

Early morning hours in my room. 

Early morning hours in my room. 

Where an Elk came from. 

Where an Elk came from. 

A view of the very grand Fairmont. 

A view of the very grand Fairmont. 

Campus at sunset.

Campus at sunset.

Favourite spot on campus. 

Favourite spot on campus. 

The very cool Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Building. 

The very cool Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Building. 

Some good mountains. 

Some good mountains. 

What to do after a hike. 

What to do after a hike. 

Misty mountain top. 

Misty mountain top. 

Obligatory travel selfie. 

Obligatory travel selfie.