San Miguel Literary Sala - San Miguel Literary Sala, A.C. is a non-profit organization in Mexico

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

In addition to the 750 participants in craft and commerce workshops and 12 master classes, another 10,000± seats are filled at main stage ballroom events (keynote presentations, expert panels and seminars) with tickets available to the public. It is an inspiring week of intellectual exchange, community connection, 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 29 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.

Today’s SMWC lives up to the international standing of the town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008 and the #1 City in the World by Condé Nast Traveler in 2014.

2016 Keynote Presenters:

Joyce Carol Oates: Lovely, Dark, Deep

Scott Simon:Unforgettable; NPR Weekend Edition

Gail Sheehy: Passages

Kirk Ellis: John Adams(HBO); Anne Frank(ABC)

Elizabeth Hay: A Student of Weather

Luis Alberto Urrea: The Hummingbird’s Daughter

Lisa See: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Juan Villoro: The Guilty

2015 Keynote Presenters:

Gloria Steinem: MS. Magazine Founder

Richard Blanco: Presidential Inaugural Poet

Alice Walker: The Color Purple

Scott Turow: Presumed Innocent

Tracy Chevalier: The Girl with the Pearl Earring

Jane Urquhart: The Underpainter

Ángeles Mastretta: Women with Big Eyes

Keynote Presenters from 2005 to 2014 include:

Margaret Atwood, Calvin Trillin, Barbara Kingsolver, Laura Ezquivel, 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.