Emerging Writers Intensive at the Banff Centre


Katie Welch will be attending the Emerging Writers Intensive program at the Banff Centre, November 19-27, 2016. Eight emerging writers will attend workshops and get individual feedback from four distinguished Canadian writers. Katie is overjoyed and grateful to have this unique opportunity to work on her current adult fiction manuscript, and develop her writing skills.

The Field

In the field beside our half house, I was chief engineer and steward. I trampled paths from our backyard to the neighbours’. Long grasses I knew by scent, the one that smelled like cereal, and the bunchy one with wide, flat blades that reeked of swamp. I could have mapped the anthills, the holes used by mice or snakes, the patches of clover. Occasionally a candy wrapper or waxy coffee cup would pollute the field’s south side, abutting a busy road. Maintenance, me, would clean these up. 

In winter my brother and sister and I built edifices of ice in the field, sanctuaries featuring three-cushioned snow couches, and iceboxes full of tasty ice pizzas. 

Retrace splay of veins on maple leaf. Understand dandelions, in all their vicissitudes, from cinched green button-buds through yellow glory, ten thousand miniature suns, staining fingers and cheeks. Milk inside hollow stalks. White parasols, freed with puff of breath, defying gravity.