Glen West
August 2-9, 2015 | St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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

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07:30 AM | Breakfast
09:00 AM | Workshops

You’ll attend one of the faculty-led workshops: poetry, fiction, nature writing, photography, painting, life drawing, songwriting, the film seminar, or the food seminar. Check out the class descriptions.

12:00 PM | Lunch
01:00 PM | Professional Workshop / Book Signing / Exploration

On certain days we’ll have special programming at 1pm. It may be a book signing or an optional professional workshop such as Blog Writing or How to Write a Query Letter. Or maybe it’s just a chance to get out and see the city…

03:30 PM | Reading, Lecture, or Visual Art Presentation

One of our star faculty will share their work with the entire group.

05:00 PM | Dinner
06:30 PM | Evening Reading, Lecture, or Visual Art Presentation

One of our star faculty will share their work with the entire group.

08:00 PM | Evening Worship

Our (optional) worship service, led by Deborah Smith Douglas, is ecumenical and substantive.

08:30 PM | Open Mic/Open Slides

A chance to share what you’re working on!

Speaker Lineup
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Carolyn Forché

Poetry Workshop

“Bring writing materials of your choice, a desire to work ceaselessly and an open ...
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Karen An-hwei Lee

Poetry Workshop

“Poetry has its etymological root in the word poiesis, ancient Greek for the ...
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Fritz Liedtke


“In the digital age, anybody can take a picture, quickly and cheaply, and share it ...
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Over the Rhine

Over the Rhine


“Musicians and music lovers of varying backgrounds and proficiency are welcome to ...
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Jamie Quatro

Fiction Workshop

“In our workshop, we’ll look at how music can—and should—breed with ...
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Gareth Higgins

The Film Seminar

“Cinema is the closest art form to the experience of dreaming….”   ...
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Scott Teems

The Film Seminar

“The films we screen will be kept secret until the moment they begin—allowing for ...
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SRS Photo Yosemite

Scott Russell Sanders

Spiritual Writing and the Natural World

“Is nature our true home, or is it a fallen realm from which we need to ...
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Alissa Wilkinson

The Spirituality of Food

“We’ll explore the many tastes of Santa Fe, exploring restaurants and local ...
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Tim Lowly


“The goals of this workshop: articulating one’s own aesthetic, conceptual, and ...
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Barry Moser

Life Drawing

“Students will use classic principles and exercises to better understand the art of ...
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