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San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival
February 14–18, 2018

Registration Now Open!

Packages ("Whole Enchilada," Full, Basic), Individual Tickets (Keynotes, Panels, Live on Stage: Tall Tales and Short Plays, Tours, 3-hour workshops), Individual Consultations, Agent Pitch Sessions, and Post-Conference Workshops


Wally Lamb

Wally Lamb is the author of six New York Times best-selling novels including I Know This Much is True and She’s Come Undone. Two of his novels were selected for Oprah’s Book Club.

Capturing the ‘I’ in Fiction and Nonfiction

  • Wednesday, February 14
  • 6:30 PM

Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman has worked for 20 years in the publishing industry and is known for her expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She is co-founder of The Hot Sheet and maintains a popular, award-winning blog for writers.

“Writing for Love (and Money)”

  • Thursday, February 15
  • 2:00 PM

Rita Dove

Rita Dove, much beloved poet, is the former U.S. Poet Laureate, the first African American to hold the title, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize. She is also an acclaimed lyricist.

Sonata Mulattica: Lyric, Narrative, and the Ties That Bind Them”

  • Thursday, February 15
  • 6:30 PM

John Vaillant

John Vaillant is the award-winning author of both fiction and nonfiction, including Jaguar’s Children, a novel about Mexicans trying to cross the border. His books have all been bestsellers in Canada.

“Reverse Osmosis”

  • Friday, February 16
  • 2:00 PM

Jorge Volpi

Jorge Volpi is one of the most acclaimed writers of contemporary Mexican literature. He is the author of over 20 books, among which stands out En busca de Klingsor, an international bestseller. He has received numerous awards and honors, among them a Guggenheim fellowship and the Planeta-Casa de America literary prize.

Real Fiction and Fictitious Realities. The Novel and the World

  • Friday, February 16
  • 6:30 PM
  • Simultaneous translation to English

Joseph Boyden

Joseph Boyden works with and writes about the First Nation people of Northern Ontario. His novels, including Through Black Spruce, have all won numerous awards.

“Creation Myth: One Writer’s Life in Three Simple Steps”

  • Saturday, February 17
  • 6:30 PM


Emma Donoghue

Emma Donoghue is the internationally celebrated author of Room. She also wrote the screenplay for the movie, which was nominated for four Academy Awards. Room has sold over two million copies.

“The Challenges and Joys of Adaptation”

  • Sunday, February 18
  • 6:30 PM


San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico