Banff National Park

Sept 17 - 20, 2020

A writing and wilderness adventure into the portal of character.

How do we give our bodies to our stories? Whether we're writing ourselves as a character, or writing a fictional character, how do we ask the brave questions of our work, including what we want to be writing about? How might we fully give ourselves to our work?

Join writer & writing mentor Sonya Lea, author of the inspiring memoir, Wondering Who You Are,  this September in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Canada.  In this four-day workshop, fourteen writers will delve into the spaces where character remains unseen, difficult, conflicted, static, or evasive (even when that character is yourself.) Learn how to ask questions of your character’s blind spots, fears and fantasies, and write into lies, myths, obfuscations, secrets, changes in thinking. Together, with writing practices, solitude, nature walks, and taking risks, we allow character to be experienced.

We will share our work with the intention to listen fully, and offer holistic feedback.

The intensive will include:

  • daily craft talks

  • generative writing

  • silence and observation

  • experiences in nature

  • assignments to move your writing and experiment with form

  • examining racism, sexism and class in your characters

  • liminal rituals

  • practices to stay devoted to the work

  • three nights shared accommodation at the Hidden Ridge Resort in Banff

Wild Writers is open to writers of any ability, and any form. Our workshop space is accessible for disabilities. We don’t use technology like computers or phones in the workshop space, and you’re welcome to bring a laptop for your own use after class.

Schedule:  (subject to minor changes) 

Thursday, September 17th: Arrive by 5pm for Welcome drinks & canapes at 7pm

Friday, September 18th: Writing & Forest Therapy 

Saturday, September 19th: Writing Workshop

Sunday, September 20th: Workshop ends at 2pm

Accommodation: Hidden Ridge Resort 

Tucked away on Tunnel Mountain, Hidden Ridge Resort is quiet and secluded with some of the most spectacular views in Banff.  The resort has an outdoor hot tub, hot pool and sauna on the ridge with stunning mountain views so bring your swimsuits! You will be sharing a condo with no more than two other people.  

The modern condo’s include, 

- Full kitchen including: dishwasher, stove, fridge, microwave, pots & pans, utensils.
- Wood-burning fireplace, fire wood is complimentary.
- Queen beds 

- Granite countertops and maple finishing.
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Complimentary Heated underground or outdoor Parking

Bring your cats and dogs, the Hidden Ridge Resort is also a pet friendly hotel!


Workshop Cost:

  • With accommodation $1695 CAD

  • Without accommodation $975 CAD

Payment does not include: 

  • All international and domestic travel costs to and from Banff. 

  • Travel or medical insurance

How to reserve your space

To reserve a space on the Wild Writers Workshop we require a $300 deposit which is refundable until July 1st 2020. 

Click the below button to pay your $300 deposit now and reserve your space.  We will then contact you with further information about the workshop and details on how to pay the remainder of the workshop balance depending on whether you require accommodation or not.