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In response to a year like none other, we’ve designed a 2021 Glen Workshop like none other—a hybrid Glen that is an expression of both hope and care for our community. Even as we plan to gather in the mountains of Western North Carolina this summer, we know there are some who will need to stay close to home due to ongoing public health concerns related to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

This year we’re offering 15 classes—11 in Asheville and 4 online. 

+ SEMINARS are immersive, discussion-based classes that offer opportunities for personal and critical engagement with art, mystery, and faith.

+ WORKSHOPS are hands-on, craft-based classes in which writers and artists working at all levels can enhance their skills.

Click on a class to learn more and register. 


The Infinity of Nature, Memory, and Place

a fiction workshop with Crystal Wilkinson

The Art of Contemplative Reading

a literature seminar with Richard Chess

The Creative and Spiritual Practice of Calligraphy

a calligraphy workshop with David Chang

How Place Becomes Poetry in Cinema

a film seminar with Jeffrey Overstreet

Writing Research-Based Narratives for Young Adults

a YA workshop with Marilyn Nelson

Strange Countries: Writing the Inner and Outer Journey

a nonfiction workshop with Fred Bahnson

The Attention We Owe Each Other

a poetry workshop with Shane McCrae

The Landscape of the Lyric Essay

a multigenre workshop with Molly McCully Brown

Developing Your Authentic Voice

a songwriting workshop with Charles Jones

Landscapes and the Art of Seeing

a painting workshop with Suzanne Dittenber 

Incarnational Poetics

a movement workshop with Billy Mark

Retreat Option

forgo a morning class to work on your own project


Story, Faith, and Doubt

a fiction workshop with Kirstin Valdez Quade

Contemporary Visual Artists Read the Bible

an art seminar with Aaron Rosen

Writing the Moveable Feast

a multigenre workshop with Alissa Wilkinson

Poetic Text as Provocation

a poetry workshop with Scott Cairns

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