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Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker highlight San Miguel Writers Conference

View of San Miguel's cathedral.
View of San Miguel's cathedral.
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Now in its tenth year, the San Miguel Writers Conference 2015 continues its ground-breaking achievements with yet another star-studded roster of keynote speakers and writing workshops.

As if Steinem and Walker were not enough, the international lineup of speakers also includes Scott Turow (Presumed Innocent),), Tracy Chevalier (Girl with a Pearl Earring), Richard Blanco (fifth inaugural poet of the United States), Ángeles Mastretta (Arráncame la vida,; Mujeres de ojos grandes and Jane Urquhart (Away; The Underpainter). Conference dates are February 11 to 15, 2015. Register early for your first choice of workshops and events

Designed to inspire, educate and celebrate published authors, budding neophytes and those who love words, the San Miguel Writers Conference this year will present more than 54 ninety-minute workshops addressing the needs of book authors, journalists, poets, essayists, food writers and much more. A variety of panels includes insiders’ takes on how to approach and work with literary agents, how to shape your memoir and the best ways to self-publish your work. Attendees can also choose to take one or more three-hour intensive workshops with acclaimed authors such as Joyce Maynard whose novel, “Labor Day,” was made in to the 2013 film by the same name starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet. See the full schedule of workshops and events:

Located in the idyllic Mexican Highlands with its year-round spring-like climate, the colonial city of San Miguel de Allende, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, was chosen the Number One city in the world by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler Magazine for its "great atmosphere, excellent restaurants, culture and ambiance galore." The review also says “the lack of street lights and billboards" makes the region "romantically and historically beautiful, and the city itself offers the "traditional feeling of a small town in the heart of Mexico."

Special Excursions: Sign up for a photographic walk through the city, a cantina crawl, an evening of cuisine and conversation at the city’s most popular tapas bar, a magical art, design and architectural tour. This and many more excursions are open to conference attendees.

Events: San Miguel is notorious for its fiestas so expect some fun and frivolity to be on hand with one evening devoted to the conference’s Legendary Fiesta and another kicking up your heels at their Salsa Dance Party. Network at the opening reception: "A Taste of San Miguel." Attend a live performance of “Hemingway: On the Edge,” a rave-reviewed one-man show about the life of Ernest Hemingway, starring actor Ed Metzger. In addition to gourmet fare, there will be food for the mind, the heart and the psyche.

Accommodations in San Miguel fill up quickly in February. As do the conference workshops. The conference is held at the centrally located Hotel Real de Minas with special room rates for those attending
This is a good time to insure your first choice of workshops. Complete information about the schedule, rates and accommodations here:

Founded by San Miguel resident and author, Susan Page, the San Miguel Writers Conference & Literary Festival bills the city of San Miguel de Allende as the “Creative Crossroads of the Americas.” The conference is bi-lingual and co-cultural.

Author Tom Robbins said of the San Miguel Conference: "There's inspiration in the lecture halls, guidance in the workshops, magic in the streets and hospitality everywhere. If Dante had studied in San Miguel, he'd likely have written about heaven instead of hell.":

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