The 2017 San Miguel Writers’ Conference is over. It was an extraordinary event!
The dates for next year’s Conference are: February 14 to 18, 2018.
Faculty proposals for next year’s Conference are due by March 1, 2017. To submit a proposal, click HERE.
If you would like to be considered to volunteer in 2018, please send us an application HERE.
Recordings of the Conference workshops, panels, and keynotes from this year’s conference are available for puchase HERE. If you purchased a coupon during the Conference you can reedeem it during checkout. Please read the FAQs before getting started.
Legendary Folk Singer and Memoirist
A no-holds- barred account of music legend Judy Collins’s harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating, and the journey that led her to a solution.
Award-winning journalist and author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything.
The second address in our series, “Writing for Change”
“This Changes Everything”
Naomi Klein tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth.
U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001 to 2003. Arguably the most beloved and acclaimed poet in the U.S. today.
“The Rain In Portugal: A Reading And Partial Explanation”
My talk will include a reading of poems, many from my latest book, along with commentary on what triggered the poems and by what process they came to be written. I hope my talk will remove any mistaken bits of mystery while leaving the real mystery intact.
Award-winning author of The Liars’ Club
“The Blessings and Curses of Memoir”
Mary will tell the tale of what led her to write three bestselling memoirs and share some of the attendant miseries and blessings.
Author of The Danish Girl — Book and Movie
“The Danish Girl”
Ebershoff will discuss his debut novel, The Danish Girl, and its journey from a book to an Oscar-winning film.
Award-winning Canadian novelist and short story writer
“Discovering the Art of Newfoundland”
This talk will explore the visual and literary art of Newfoundland after Confederation with Canada, how an island imagines itself into being through stories, theatre and visual art.
Celebrated Mexican Journalist and Scholar
“The Historical Novel in the Time of Systemic Violence”
The talk will focus on the emergence of the historical, not only as a political revision of the past, but mainly as a way to understand the presence of violence, state corruption, and narco violence in Mexico. Palou will use examples of several novels to offer some strategies for exit “from the labyrinth.”
A brilliant new literary voice with San Miguel ties whose debut book, On Trails, is receiving superb reviews: “…narrative nonfiction at its finest!”
“The Wisdom of Trails”
The lessons that trails reveal about the way that we, as a species, collectively make sense of this chaotic world we all live in; how that wisdom was revealed, and then mirrored, in the process of writing my book; and how we can apply that wisdom to our own writing and life.
“This Changes Everything”
This Changes Everything is a film based on the book of the same name by Naomi Klein. Avi Lewis, the director of the film, will present the film and will conduct a Q&A after the screening.
Last year’s Storytelling Performance brought us a myriad of stories told on stage by acclaimed authors and performers. The 2017 edition will once again feature award-winning performances you won’t want to miss!
Storytelling Headliners: Robert Moor & Winona Linn.