Kelly Awarded Residence at the Leighton Artists’ Colony

I am so excited to announce that I have been awarded a two week independent residency at the Leighton Artists’ Colony at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. It’s long been a dream of mine to go…who wouldn’t want a two week time to spend on writing, writing and some more writing?

The application process is rigorous. You have to submit a CV, description of your project, 3 reference letters, examples of your writing and an application form. The centre is open to all artists; writers, painters, singers, musicians, etc. There are nine studios available and artists are granted a quiet place, without the demands of daily life, to focus on their writing, all while staring at the beauty of the Rocky Mountains in a location that is nothing if not completely and totally humbling.

I’ll be in the Henriquez studio, named after the architect and designed from an old fishing boat, which now boats a bathroom, lay down area, small kitchen and of course, an area to write that next bestseller.

You can read more about the Leighton Artist Colony, along with the Banff Centre.

I’ll be going from 23 November – 5 December, and I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. I can already picture schlepping through the snow with my computer under my arm! It’s not going to be a vacation, it’s going to be hard work, but no one ever said writing was easy. I’m going to write my little heart out.

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