Glenda Reed teaches writing classes and mentors through various venues around the Twin Cities, including the Loft Literary Center, the Hennepin County Library, and the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.


Writing as Healing
A Writing Workshops Series at the Fergus Falls Public Library
1505 Pebble Lake Road, Fergus Falls, MN 56537

In these workshops we will explore how writing can help heal one’s relationship to one’s own stories. In-class writing exercises will be drawn from Louise DeSalvo’s Writing as a Way of Healing, among other sources. We will discuss how writers from Virginia Woolf to Henry Miller to Audre Lorde have been transformed by the writing process. Workshops are open to all writers at any level, including those interested in getting started writing and writers who have been working for years. Workshop sessions can be taken as a five-session intensive or a single-session, drop-in class. All sessions are FREE and open to the public. These workshops are part of the Hinge Arts Residency supported by Springboard for the Arts.

Glenda Reed says, “I write and teach writing workshops because, in the words of Janine Shepherd, ‘When we share our stories, what it does is, it opens up our hearts for other people to share their stories. And it gives us the sense that we are not alone on this journey.’” 

This is a Hinge Arts project supported by Springboard for the Arts. Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride is an artist residency program that was launched in 2015 to engage artists and community members in the past and future of the Kirkbride Building in Fergus Falls.

Thursday, Aug 24th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Writing as a Therapeutic Process – The Health and Emotional Benefits of Writing

Saturday, Aug 26th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Writing Pain, Writing Loss – Qualities of a Healing Narrative

Thursday, Aug 31st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
The Healing Power of the Writing Process – Caring for Ourselves as We Write

No workshop Labor Day weekend

Thursday, Sept 7th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Stages of Process, Stages of Growth I – Preparing, Planning, Germinating

Saturday, Sept 9th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Stages of Process, Stages of Growth II – Deepening, Shaping, Completing

NOTE: All Writing as Healing workshops at the Fergus Falls Public Library are FREE and open to the public. Workshop sessions can be taken as a five-session intensive or a single-session, drop-in class.

FALL 2017

Find the Meaning in Your Memoir
Saturday, October 14th, 2017
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Loft Literary Center
1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Memoir is more than writing down a sequence of events. You know what happened, but what is your story about? And how do you get the perspective to answer this question? Through a series of in-class writing exercises, we will perform in-depth self-inquiry to explore the question: what is my memoir really about?

In this one-day session, students will borrow from fiction techniques to audit the secret motivations of their memoir’s main “character.” Students will write an elevator pitch for their memoir and then use these few sentences to launch into an exploration of the main “character’s” motivations, secrets, and ultimate change. We will discuss the secret motivations in memoirs such as Wild, H is for Hawk, and This Boy’s Life. Writing exercises are designed to guide students deeper into the personal meaning of their own story. The goal of the class is to help students find an increased understanding of their own memoir, and to provide students with the tools to continue to plumb the depths of their own story. Students need not have a completed manuscript, but should have an idea in mind.

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Writing as Resistance at Hosmer Library

Give voice to an issue. Tell your story in a larger context. Local feminist writer Glenda Reed will help propel you toward a working draft, a revision plan, and a publishing and/or distribution strategy that may include publishing in literary journals, newspapers, alternative media or blogging. Open to all genres and levels. No previous writing experience necessary. Take as a series or as individual classes.

Session 1: Generation: Learn writing exercises that focus on incubating and exploring new ideas

Session 2: Revision: Get feedback on work and learn how to make a revision plan

Session 3: Dissemination: Explore options for getting your work out there, such as literary journals, newspapers, and zines as well as blogging, vlogging, YouTube and guerrilla art

Hosmer Library is located at 347 E. 36th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55408

*This class was made possible by the Friends of the Hosmer Library.