San Miguel Writers' Conference & Literary Festival

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Feb 12 - Feb 16, 2020


TUITION / COST:$875/$735/$345 USD
Limited number in addition to winners of the annual writing contest winners - deadline to enter: Nov. 1st

CONTACT: Maia Williams
PHONE: 415-324-5020

SMWC is a prestigious bi-lingual, tri-cultural literary gathering in the Americas. Held in Travel & Leisure's and Conde Nast Traveler's #1 city in the world, San Miguel de Allende, in the central highlands of Mexico.

Annually, 300 Conference attendees choose 7 of 70 craft and commerce workshops (limited to 30 each), select from 12 optional master classes, and enjoy 16+ main stage ballroom events (keynote presentations, expert panels and special events), plus lunch daily, fiestas(!), open mics, and faculty readings. Also available: individual agent pitches and consultations, breakfast, $80 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 teaching professionals in the US, CA, and MX. San Miguel de Allende offers a stunning backdrop for a fruitful and memorable learning experience.


Featured Writers Include:

Main Stage: Tommy Orange, Delia Owens, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Felipe Herrera, Madeleine Thien, Adrian Todd Zuniga's Literary Death Match, Hall Wake, Rosa Beltrán. Multiple 3-hour workshops and 5-Day Post-Conference Intensives.


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


Hotel Real de Minas
San Miguel de Allende

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 fifteenth annual SMWC will be held February 12–16, 2020. 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. 2020 Keynotes Speakers: Tommy Orange, Delia Owens, Valeria Luiselli, Juan Felipe Herrera, Madeleine Thien, Rosa Beltran.

The popularity and reputation of the Writers’ Conference has grown exponentially since its humble beginnings in 2005, 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.