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About the Writers’ Conference

Creative Crossroads of the Americas

As the largest and most prestigious co-cultural, bi-lingual literary gathering in the Americas, each February the San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival attracts distinguished authors, established and emerging writers, industry experts, teaching professionals, and avid readers from the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

In addition to the 750 participants in craft and commerce workshops and 12 master classes, another 10,000+ seats are filled during the Conference at eight main stage ballroom events (keynote presentations, expert panels and seminars) with tickets available to the public. It is an inspiring week of intellectual exchange, networking, community building, 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 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.

2017 Keynote presenters:

  • Billy Collins
  • Judy Collins
  • David Ebershoff
  • Mary Karr
  • Naomi Klein
  • Robert Moor
  • Lisa Moore
  • Pedro Ángel Palou

2016 Keynote presenters:

  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Scott Simon
  • Gail Sheehy
  • Kirk Ellis
  • Elizabeth Hay
  • Luis Urrea
  • Lisa See
  • Juan Villoro

Keynote presenters from 2005 to 2015 include:

Gloria Steinem, Richard Blanco, Alice Walker, Scott Turow, Tracy Chevalier, Jane Urquhart, Ãngeles Mastretta, Margaret Atwood, Calvin Trillin, Barbara Kingsolver, Laura Esquivel, Yann Martel, Cheryl Strayed, Sandra Cisneros, Lawrence Hill, Merilyn Simonds, Mary Morris, Joy Harjo, Naomi Wolf, Ellen Bass, Kirsten Iversen, Elena Poniatowska, Sharon Robinson, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Tina Packer, David Whyte, Erica Jong, Tom Robbins, ZZ Packer, Tony Cohan, and John Berendt.

San Miguel de Allende

Today’s Conference lives up to the international standing of the town of San Miguel de Allende, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and the #1 City in the World by Conde Nast Traveler in 2014.

The town has been a gathering place for artists and writers since the 1930s. It is an entire town of restored eighteenth century buildings, utterly charming, and a Mecca for artists and writers from all over the world. There is a “magic” in San Miguel that results from its glorious colonial treasures, its award-winning restaurants and hotels, the lively literary and arts community here, the mix of cultures, and the closeness of the community.