Spiritual Writing Workshop

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2020 programming has been cancelled

Applications Now Closed


Please email writers@kenyonreview.org or call 740-427-5196.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the State of Ohio’s accompanying restrictions, Kenyon College has made the difficult decision to close campus through July 31st, so we must cancel Kenyon Review’s residential 2020 Writers Workshops. These are unprecedented times, and we regret we will not see you this summer. We trust you’ll understand this decision as your health and safety are of the utmost concern to us.



For those who seek to wrestle with matters of faith and spirituality on the written page, Kenyon Review has created a generative workshop for writers of poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction.

Daily morning workshops, led by esteemed writers of multiple genres and faiths, offer time for participants to engage with readings and share their work in an environment where questions of being and questions of craft complement each other. Participants will get under the surface of a scene or a moment and see what questions or revelations are waiting to be discovered underneath. Afternoons and evenings provide time to meditate, ponder, discuss, and compose on one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.

Each Workshop is limited to 12 participants. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and we make every effort to notify applicants within four weeks of application. The application consists of the online application form, a resume, and a sample of your work. The sample should be no more than five pages and can be either three or four poems or one short story or essay or a prose excerpt from a longer work. Based on your application, you will be assigned one of the following instructors: Kaveh Akbar or Jamie Quatro.



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Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop classroom
Writers Workshop classroom
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Writers Workshop in the Gund Gallery
Writers Workshop conferencing
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Writers Workshop final dinner
Writers Workshop final dinner
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