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

The San Miguel Summer Writing Program will be held August 5 to September 1, 2017

The San Miguel Literary Sala “Writers in Residence” program is an annual summer residence program. Three writers are invited to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to live in a beautiful villa in central San Miguel while working on writing projects.

Mission: The aim of the San Miguel “Writers in Residence” program is to support artists who would benefit from having time to devote to their creativity and to bring those artists to San Miguel in order to help our local artistic community grow, network, and become better artists and writers.

Residency: All writers will have free lodging for five weeks and time to work creatively on their current project. All writers will be expected to participate in the end of the program “Writers in Residence Gala.” They will also be expected to run one one-hour introduction and four 3-hour workshops (they will receive a percentage of the proceeds) during their residence in San Miguel. All artists will be responsible for their own transport including airfare and shuttle to and from San Miguel de Allende.

Applications: The dates for applying is rolling. Before applying applicants should contact Nathan Feuerberg at nathan@sanmiguelwritersconference.org. Applicants must be over 25 years of age and will be required to submit the following items:

  • Sample of Creative Work: A sample of your work in doc, docx, odt, or pdf format. Writing samples should meet the following criteria: 5,000 words or less for fiction and nonfiction, max 3 poems for poetry, max 30 pages for play writing and screenplay writing.
  • Cover Letter: A detailed statement of why you would like to come to San Miguel and participate in the program.
  • Project Statement: A brief statement explaining the project you plan to work on during the residence program.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): A detailed resume of programs, residencies, and universities you have attended as well as any teaching experience. Files can be formatted as doc, docx, odt, or pdf.
  • Biography: A brief biography of 200 words or less.
  • Headshot: A photo in jpeg or png format less than 1 mb.
  • Workshop Description: A brief description of your writing workshop.
  • Workshop Information: Specifics about what you plan to cover, what participants will learn, and why you feel this would be a good workshop for the writers in residence program.

Criteria: Writers will be chosen by committee. Choices will be made by relevancy of project, writer’s personal need for the program, and what the writer can bring to the San Miguel community (e.g. teaching, readings, social media promotion, etc.)

Writing Workshop Program: The San Miguel Literary Sala will be offering writing workshops in English and Spanish during the San Miguel “Writers in Residence” program.  Each visiting writer is expected to teach a workshop.  Workshop will be limited to 10 attendees and be held in the Literary Sala room at Bellas Artes. Workshops will include one 1-hour introductory session, four 3-hour workshops, one 30-minute consultation with instructor, and an invitation to the writers’ Gala events.

Writers in residence will receive $175 USD for each student in their workshop. They will be guaranteed $525 USD no matter how many students register for their workshop.

Genres of Writing Workshops: The San Miguel Literary Sala is open to workshops in any form of writing. In the past we have had summer workshops in Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Visual Storytelling. Currently we are most interested in the following genres: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Travel, Poetry, Play writing, Screenplay writing, Genre writing (sci-fi, crime, mystery) and Storytelling.

Writing Workshop Content: We would like our writers in residence to have the maximum amount of time to work on their writing while making some money by teaching workshops. With this in mind we propose that workshops focus on in-class writing lectures, writing exercises, and reading discussions. A three-hour class for example could focus on a lecture about choosing point of view, followed by a couple of exercises examining various points of view, followed by a discussion of a previously assigned essay written in the second-person POV.

Instructors will need to spend some out-of-class time critiquing student writing and it is required they meet with each student for one 30-min session to discuss the student’s writing and goals.

Questions/ Contact: If you have any questions, please direct them to Nathan Feuerberg at nathan@sanmiguelwritersconference.org