San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival


Feb 14 - Feb 18, 2018


TUITION / COST:$575/$685/$795 USD
Limited number( in addition to annual writing contest which awards full tuition)

CONTACT: Maia Williams
PHONE: 415-324-5020

SMWC is a prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas, held in Travel & Leisure's and CNTraveler's #1 city in the world (2016 and 2013): San Miguel de Allende, in the central highlands of Mexico.

Annually, 300 Conference attendees choose from 70 craft and commerce workshops (limited to 30 each) and 12 optional master classes, and enjoy 18 main stage ballroom events (keynote presentations, expert panels and seminars), plus parties, open mics, optional agent pitches and individual consultations, breakfasts, lunches, and $75 hotel rooms (single or double). It is an inspiring week of intellectual exchange, networking, community building, and cultural celebration. Our faculty members are among the best available teaching professionals. San Miguel de Allende offers a stunning backdrop for a fruitful, memorable learning experience.


Featured Writers Include:

2018 includes: Wally Lamb, Rita Dove, Emma Donoghue, Jane Friedman, John Vaillant, Joseph Boyden, Jorge Volpi. Post- Conference Faculty: Merilyn Simonds, Laura Davis, Susan Brown, Judyth Hill.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature



San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival (Mexico)

San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival is a prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the sunny central highlands of Mexico. The thirteenth annual SMWC will be held February 14–18, 2018. Each year, SMWC attracts distinguished authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and beyond.

The popularity and reputation of the Writers’ Conference has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in 2006, when a small team of volunteers produced a weekend event with 26 attendees.

It has evolved into a spectacular five+ day gathering of thousands of thoughtful individuals who create an international co-cultural community on the lush grounds of the historic Hotel Real de Minas.