About the San Miguel Writers’ Conference

As the largest and most prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas, the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival attracts 600+ established and emerging writers and publishing professionals from the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

In addition to Conference participants and faculty, 2,500+ aficionados attend one or more individual workshops, master classes, or keynote presentations. It is an inspiring week of intellectual exchange, community connection, and cultural celebration.

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 29 attendees.

It has evolved into a spectacular five+ day gathering of 2,500+ prominent authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers.

Together, they create an international community on the lush grounds of the historic Hotel Real de Minas. Today’s MSWC event lives up to the international standing of the town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and the #1 City in the World by Conde Nast Travel in 2013.

2014 Keynote presenters:

Calvin Trillin, The New Yorker, About Alice

Laura Ezquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

Yann Martel, Life of Pi, What is Stephen Harper Reading?

Ellen Bass, Like a Beggar, The Courage to Heal

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club

David Whyte, The Heart Aroused, House of Belonging

Kathi Diamante, Kafka’s Last Love

Tina Packer & Nigel Gore, Women of Will

Keynote presenters from 2006 to 2013 include:

Cheryl Strayed, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kingsolver, Luis Alberto Urrea, Lawrence Hill, Merilyn Simonds, Mary Morris, Juan Villoro, Joy Harjo, Naomi Wolf, Kirsten Iversen, Elena Poniatowska, Sharon Robinson, Erica Jong, Tom Robbins, ZZ Packer, Sandra Cisneros, Tony Cohan, and John Berendt.