SLS Montreal is our first program in North America, and it follows in the tradition of our other SLS programs: immersion in a fascinating city, rich in literary and cultural history. Having held SLS Montreal programs in 2010 and 2011, we are thrilled to launch SLS MTL, our first ever 4-Day intensive program.

Montreal is a city rich in literary tradition. Leonard Cohen, Anne Carson, Mordecai Richler, Irving Layton, Gabrielle Roy, and Mavis Gallant are among those who have called the city both home and inspiration. It is a city European in its manner, North America's virtual portal to Europe. A place where old meets new, where English meets French. It is city of many cultures that when put together create something beautiful, unique, and in and of itself literary.

Join Summer Literary Seminars for its first 4-day program in Montreal, a city like no other. Workshops will be led by fiction writer and Man Booker International Prize finalist Josip Novakovich, the internationally celebrated award-winning poet, Eileen Myles, and acclaimed poet and translator Ariana Reines. The 4-day intensive program will also feature lectures and readings from some of Montreal’s finest writers.

SLS, in existence since 1998, is a program like no other: remarkably innovative and dynamic, and the only operating on three continents. Over the years, it has counted more than 1000 participants in its programs. Participants in the writing seminars will include individuals of all ages and all levels of accomplishment: gifted beginners and writers who have already begun publishing; undergraduate and graduate students of creative writing; and people turning (or returning) to writing relatively late in life.

All are treated with equal respect by the SLS faculty and writers-in-residence. Please bear in mind: One does not have to be an accomplished writer to attend Summer Literary Seminars: an abiding love of literature, intellectual curiosity, openness to new artistic and cultural experiences, and the sincere desire to deepen one's understanding of the creative process are the only prerequisites.

Space in the program is LIMITED. The cost is $395, but if you register by February 5th the early registration price is $325. We encourage you so register soon, as places will fill up quickly.

SLS is proud to invite you to its beautiful hometown.


Find out about our faculty, the schedule, and how to register!

For more information please contact SLS Program Director Ann Ward at