University of North Carolina at Asheville
July 25 – July 31, 2021
Reserve your spot at the 2021 Glen now to receive
an early bird discount ($200 off the regular price)
first choice of classes when they’re announced this fall.
What is the Glen Workshop?
Hosted by Image, the Glen Workshop is part creative workshop, part arts festival, and part spiritual retreat. Morning classes provide the opportunity to do a deep dive into a specific artistic discipline or conversation with an acclaimed mentor. Afternoons and evenings feature a variety of readings, film screenings, concerts, open mics, and more. Artists, writers, musicians, art appreciators, and spiritual wayfarers of all stripes are welcome. To learn more about the Glen and about the creative community we seek to cultivate during our time together, read How to Glen.
Why did you choose Asheville, North Carolina?
There are so many reasons! Here are five in no particular order:
1. Nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a beautiful, small city with a vibrant arts scene. Folks can easily hike and visit an art gallery in the same afternoon.
2. Lodging on the University of North Carolina at Asheville campus is a significant upgrade from our previous facilities. Our residence halls are air conditioned, have elevators, and provide suite-style accommodations with one bathroom per four rooms. Plus, each room also has its own microwave and mini fridge.
3. Asheville has an airport but is also within an easy half-day drive from several major population centers, making travel both convenient and less expensive for many.
4. The food and beverage scenes in Asheville are both down home and world class.
5. Asheville received the most votes in a 2019 poll that asked Glen attendees where they would most like to see the gathering expand to in the future.
Who is teaching at the 2021 Glen Workshop?
We’re in the process of booking our faculty roster, but you can rest assured it will be top notch. Previous faculty have included Carolyn Forché, Jamie Quatro, Marilyn Nelson, Li-Young Lee, Makoto Fujimura, Michael Wilson, Over the Rhine, Sedrick Huckaby, Lee Isaac Chung, and Richard Rodriguez.
Why should I reserve a place at the 2021 Glen Workshop now?
Reserve your spot at the 2021 Glen Workshop now and get both an early bird discount + first pick of the classes when we announce our roster this fall. Plus: If you choose our payment plan option in the next month, you can pay for the Glen in installments of less than $200 a month.
What is the early bird discount?
During our early bird registration period, we’re offering $200 off per person.
How much does registration for the 2021 Glen Workshop cost?
Our registration prices are based on the type of accommodation you choose for the week. Unless otherwise noted, registration covers:
+ all Glen programming including a morning workshop or seminar
+ six nights of lodging with basic linens
+ all meals for the better part of seven days
Residence halls at UNCA are air conditioned, have elevators, and provide suite-style accommodations with one bathroom per four rooms. Suites share a common lounge and community kitchen, but each room also has its own microwave and mini fridge. Each building also has free laundry facilities. Parking and gym access will be available for a nominal fee.
+ single suite — early bird: $2,049 | regular: $2,249 per person
+ double suite (co-ed couples welcome) — early bird: $1,699 | regular: $1,899 per person
+ commuter (all inclusive except lodging) — early bird: $1,299 | regular: $1,499 per person
What is your retreat option?
Some artists attend the Glen but forgo a morning class to rest or work on their own project. This retreat option is available for a $300 discount off the price of the chosen type of accommodation.
What will happen if public health concerns preclude gathering in person in 2021?
We believe that there is something uniquely creative and generative about gathering together in the same physical space for the Glen. That said, we just wrapped a lively 2020 Glen Workshop that we held online and we’re only going to get better at virtual gatherings this coming year. If necessary, we’ll move the 2021 Glen online knowing it too can be a rich and rewarding Glen experience.
Will the Glen Workshop return to Santa Fe?
We hope so! Within Santa Fe, the St. John’s College campus is uniquely suited for the needs of the Glen, but it’s unavailable to us for at least the next four years while they work on campus construction projects. We eagerly anticipate returning when St. John’s opens to outside groups again. And in the meantime, we look forward to exploring what the Glen Workshop looks like in other regions.