Benjamin Alire Sáenz Wins PEN/Faulkner Literary Award

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Photo by Alex Briseño

The San Miguel Writers’ Conference would like to congratulate Benjamin Alire Sáenz for winning the 2013 PEN/Faulkner literary award.  Sáenz’s collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, took the grand prize making Sáenz the first Latino to take home a PEN/Faulkner … [Read more...]

San Miguel Literary Sala Presents 2013 “Works in Progress”

Photo By AVRDreamer

San Miguel de Allende has been a mecca for writers and other artists for… well, a long time.  The Literary Sala’s annual “Works in Progress” event is a great way to get acquainted with the writing of many of San Miguel’s authors as well as some visiting writers.  This year’s event will take place … [Read more...]

MP3s of 2013 Keynote Speakers Now Available Online

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We're happy to announce the 2013 keynote speaker and general session recordings are now available for purchase and download at our new MP3 Store. All are professionally recorded digital files; each is 90+ minutes in length. If you missed any of the stunning Keynote Speakers (and the standing … [Read more...]

Warm Winter at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference By Dhana Musil

Dhana Musil

I had the most wonderful fortune of being awarded a scholarship to attend the San Miguel de Allende Writers’ Conference last month.  It was the first time in 16 years I’d traveled abroad without children in tow. The anticipation was extreme-- a combination of counting down the sleeps and-- maybe I … [Read more...]

Testimonials for the 8th Annual Writers’ Conference

Photo by Charlotte Bell

Every year many of our conference attendees tell us how much they enjoyed the event.  We thought we’d share what some people wrote about the 2013 San Miguel Writers’ Conference.  If you want to see more photos visits our Facebook Fanpage and click 'Like.' "The San Miguel Writers’ Conference is … [Read more...]

Cantina Crawl By Naomi Telushkin

Cantina Crawl, Photo by Alissa Vining

Herbert Hunkie, known in the ‘50s New York hipster scene as Hunkie the Junkie, turned to Jack Kerouac and said, “Man, I’m beat.” “Beat,” Kerouac said. “I think I’ll use that.”   The cantina is La Cucaracha. The Cockroach. A cockroach—enormous, plastic, hangs off a faded ivory wall. The … [Read more...]

Mucho Bueno Writers’ Conference By Ray Rhamey

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I’m now back from attending one of the best writers’ conferences I’ve experienced, and I’ve done workshops in Washington State, Idaho, Oregon, and California. I’m pleased to add San Miguel, Mexico, to the list. This flowers-and-books graphic from the website sums it up—many books, and plentiful … [Read more...]

Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules For Writing By Andy Ross

Elmore Leonard’s

Literary Agent, Andy Ross, recently wrote a blog with tips for writers.  We liked it so much we wanted to share it with you.  Andy has worked in the book business since 1972 and has been profiled in such newspapers and magazines as Publisher’s Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, Time Magazine, and the … [Read more...]

Photos from the 8th Annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference

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Here's a teaser video with some of the photos we will be putting up on our blog as well as Facebook in the next few weeks. All the photos were taken by Charlotte Bell. … [Read more...]

2013 San Miguel Writers’ Conference Begins Today!

Cheryl Strayed

The 8th annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference begins today with New York Times best-selling author, Cheryl Strayed.  Strayed will kick things off with her keynote address, “Writing From the Wild Place,” about writing fearlessly and trusting yourself when telling a story to your reader.  The keynote … [Read more...]