The Glen Workshop

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

Jul 29 - Aug 5, 2018


Partial scholarships are available to be applied for on a rolling basis.

CONTACT: Paul Anderson
PHONE: 206-281-2988

The Glen Workshop combines the best elements of a writing workshop, an arts festival, and a conference. This annual gathering is located at St. John's College in the stunning foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Taught by nationally acclaimed authors, the daily morning workshops offer close attention to attendees of all skill levels in a diversity of genres. Over the years, the community has included Carolyn Forché, Jamie Quatro, Li-Young Lee, Scott Russell Sanders, Kathleen Norris, Marilyn Nelson, Sara Zarr, B.H. Fairchild, Patricia Hampl, and many more.

Afternoons and evenings feature a smorgasbord of readings, lectures, concerts, and ecumenical Christian worship services incorporating the arts. Amid it all, there are opportunities to share your work at open mics, converse and laugh over good food and drink, seek contemplation and hike the beautiful wilderness, and explore the rich culture of the American Southwest.

The Glen Workshop is grounded in a Christian perspective, but its tone is informal and hospitable to all spiritual wayfarers.

To watch a video about experiencing the Glen as a newcomer, follow this link:


Featured Writers Include:

Ned Bustard, Scott Cairns, Lee Isaac Chung, Gina Franco, Malcolm Guite, Marianne Lettieri, Chigozie Obioma, Tania Runyan, and Lauren Winner.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction


St. John's College
1160 Camino Cruz Blanca
Santa Fe
New Mexico, United States

The Glen Workshop

Situated in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Glen Workshop is equal parts creative workshop, arts festival, and spiritual retreat. The Glen’s arresting natural environment is contrasted by its casual and inviting crowd of artists, writers, musicians, art appreciators, and spiritual wayfarers of all stripes.

The Glen Workshop, founded in 1995, has now accrued more than twenty years’ worth of rich traditions and friendships, some continuing from the earliest days and some that have just begun in the last few years. It is a blend of returners and newcomers each year that make the Glen community the warmest around—truly unforgettable.

The Glen is a program of Image Journal, a literary quarterly founded in 1989 to demonstrate the continued vitality and diversity of contemporary art and literature that engage with the religious traditions of Western culture. Now one of the leading literary journals published in English, it is read all over the world—and forms the nexus of a warm and active community.

We believe that the great art that has emerged from these faith traditions is dramatic, not didactic—incarnational, not abstract. And so our focus has been on works of imagination that embody a spiritual struggle, like Jacob wrestling with the angel. In our pages the larger questions of existence intersect with what the poet Albert Goldbarth calls the “greasy doorknobs and salty tearducts” of our everyday lives.