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.