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 flowers. It was sunny and mid-80s during the days. Not too shabby for February. The altitude is 6000 feet, but that wasn’t a problem.
The San Miguel Writers’ Conference had not one but four keynote speakers. I wasn’t able to attend them all, but I did see and enjoy these:
Luis Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North and other books, and a Pulitzer Prize nominee. If you ever get a chance to hear Luis speak, don’t miss it. He received a standing ovation, and it was well deserved.
Because the writer’s conference is in Mexico, the conference organizers make sure that the conference has a strong Hispanic component, including workshops in Spanish. Mexican author Juan Villoro spoke in English, and was both intellectually stimulating and entertaining.
I did my Crafting Killer Description and Dialogue workshop to a sold-out audience. The writers were energetic and darned good—they did well with the writing exercises. As usual, I really enjoyed it, and it seems that the workshoppers did as well.
There were many valuable workshops offered, but I was able to attend only one. Mark Saunders, author of Nobody Knows the Spanish I Speak, did a workshop on writing humor that I found very helpful. His book is the proof of the pudding—filled with chuckles. Full disclosure: Mark is a book design client as well as a funny writer.
So next year, if you’ve the bucks and would love to have a lovely time at a high-caliber writer’s conference, I recommend San Miguel Writers’ Conference. I’ve applied to do my Killer First Page workshop in 2014. Fingers crossed.