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2017 SMWC

San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival

The 2017 San Miguel Writers’ Conference is over. It was an extraordinary event!

The dates for next year’s Conference are: February 14 to 18, 2018.

Faculty proposals for next year’s Conference are due by March 1, 2017. To submit a proposal, click HERE.

If you would like to be considered to volunteer in 2018, please send us an application HERE.

Recordings of the Conference workshops, panels, and keynotes from this year’s conference are available for puchase HERE. If you purchased a coupon during the Conference you can reedeem it during checkout. Please read the FAQs before getting started.

2017 Keynote Speakers

Judy Collins

Legendary Folk Singer and Memoirist

Keynote address:

Cravings
A no-holds- barred account of music legend Judy Collins’s harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating, and the journey that led her to a solution.

  • Wednesday, February 15 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Naomi Klein

Award-winning journalist and author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything.

Closing Keynote address:

The second address in our series, “Writing for Change”
This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.

  • Sunday, February 19 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Billy Collins

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001 to 2003. Arguably the most beloved and acclaimed poet in the U.S. today.

Keynote address:

The Rain In Portugal: A Reading And Partial Explanation”
My talk will include a reading of poems, many from my latest book, along with commentary on what triggered the poems and by what process they came to be written. I hope my talk will remove any mistaken bits of mystery while leaving the real mystery intact.

  • Thursday, February 16 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Mary Karr

Award-winning author of The Liars’ Club

Opening Keynote address:

“The Blessings and Curses of Memoir”
Mary will tell the tale of what led her to write three bestselling memoirs and share some of the attendant miseries and blessings.

  • Wednesday, February 15–2:00 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

David Ebershoff

Author of The Danish Girl — Book and Movie

Keynote address:

The Danish Girl
Ebershoff will discuss his debut novel, The Danish Girl, and its journey from a book to an Oscar-winning film.

  • Saturday, February 18 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Lisa Moore

Award-winning Canadian novelist and short story writer

Keynote address:

“Discovering the Art of Newfoundland”
This talk will explore the visual and literary art of Newfoundland after Confederation with Canada, how an island imagines itself into being through stories, theatre and visual art.

  • Thursday, February 16 – 2:00 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Pedro Ángel Palou

Celebrated Mexican Journalist and Scholar

Keynote address:

“The Historical Novel in the Time of Systemic Violence”
The talk will focus on the emergence of the historical, not only as a political revision of the past, but mainly as a way to understand the presence of violence, state corruption, and narco violence in Mexico. Palou will use examples of several novels to offer some strategies for exit “from the labyrinth.”

  • Friday, February 17 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Robert Moor

A brilliant new literary voice with San Miguel ties whose debut book, On Trails, is receiving superb reviews: “…narrative nonfiction at its finest!”

Keynote address:

“The Wisdom of Trails”
The lessons that trails reveal about the way that we, as a species, collectively make sense of this chaotic world we all live in; how that wisdom was revealed, and then mirrored, in the process of writing my book; and how we can apply that wisdom to our own writing and life.

  • Friday, February 17 – 2:00 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Special Event

Film Screening:

This Changes Everything

This Changes Everything is a film based on the book of the same name by Naomi Klein. Avi Lewis, the director of the film, will present the film and will conduct a Q&A after the screening.

  • Saturday, February 18 – 12:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

STORYTELLING PERFORMANCE

Robert Moor

Winona Linn

Last year’s Storytelling Performance brought us a myriad of stories told on stage by acclaimed authors and performers. The 2017 edition will once again feature award-winning performances you won’t want to miss!

Storytelling Headliners: Robert Moor & Winona Linn.

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PANELS

Day 1
16 Feb 2017
Day 2
17 Feb 2017
Day 3
19 Feb 2017

PANEL 205, WITH NAOMI KLEIN
Incorporating a Message in your Piece: Explicit or Implicit

We’re excited to announce our newest addition to the 2017 San Miguel Writers’ Conference, a panel featuring Naomi Klein. On February 16, 2017 at 9:00 AM we will be presenting “Incorporating a Message in your Piece: Explicit or Implicit.” The panel will be moderated by Jay Vogt and include Naomi Klein, Judyth Hill, Iraj Isaac Rahmim, and Tawni Waters. Many writers want to incorporate a social message, a point of view, into their writing. Our...
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Naomi Klein
Naomi Klein
Tawni Waters
Tawni Waters
Iraj Isaac Rahmim
Iraj Isaac Rahmim
Judyth Hill
Judyth Hill
Jay Vogt
Jay Vogt

PANEL 305
Special Challenges of Memoir Writing

How does memoir differ from fiction and from other types of non-fiction? How do these differences affect what you will write? Do all the facts have to be exactly accurate? What if you want to write about something you don’t remember? How can you manage family members who might take offense? What are the difficult choices you might have to make? What are the ethical, practical, legal, and emotional issues you face when you write...
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Kenneth Woodward
Kenneth Woodward
Jamie Brickhouse
Jamie Brickhouse
Marian Botsford Fraser
Marian Botsford Fraser
Jay Vogt
Jay Vogt
Gail Sheehy

PANEL 410
Do You Need an Agent and How to Connect with One

The variety of options for getting your book published these days can be dizzying. Is the tried-and-true method of connecting with an agent who will sell your book to a traditional publisher — and then shepherd it through all the next steps — the right path for you? How and when can an agent be helpful in non-traditional publishing? This panel will answer many of your questions and give you the latest information about how you should...
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Katharine Sands
Katharine Sands
Anna Knutson Geller
Anna Geller
Marilyn Allen
Marilyn Allen
Bonnie Nadell
Bonnie Nadell
Jay Vogt
Jay Vogt
April Eberhardt
April Eberhardt

PANEL 710
Strategies for Publishing Your Work in Literary Journals

When editors comb through the so-called slush pile of submissions to their magazine, what are they looking for? What makes a poem or story or essay stand out? What makes it publishable? In this roundtable panel, four editors of the Kenyon Review will discuss strategies for submitting your work to literary magazines, including how to find a magazine that’s a good fit for your work, how to organize and present a manuscript, and how to...
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Katharine Weber
Katharine Weber
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
Janet McAdams
Janet McAdams
David Lynn
David Lynn

LOCATION

HOTEL REAL DE MINAS
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
realdeminas.com