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2017 SMWC

San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival

Prices and Registration

Individual Tickets and Conference Packages Available.

Keynote Speakers

Judy Collins

Legendary Folk Singer and Memoirist

Keynote address:

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.

  • Wednesday, February 15 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Naomi Klein

Award-winning journalist and author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything.

Closing Keynote address:

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.

  • Sunday, February 19 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Billy Collins

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001 to 2003. Arguably the most beloved and acclaimed poet in the U.S. today.

Keynote address:

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.

  • Thursday, February 16 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Mary Karr

Award-winning author of The Liars’ Club

Opening Keynote address:

“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.

  • Wednesday, February 15–2:00 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

David Ebershoff

Author of The Danish Girl — Book and Movie

Keynote address:

The Danish Girl
Ebershoff will discuss his debut novel, The Danish Girl, and its journey from a book to an Oscar-winning film.

  • Saturday, February 18 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Lisa Moore

Award-winning Canadian novelist and short story writer

Keynote address:

“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.

  • Thursday, February 16 – 2:00 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Pedro Ángel Palou

Celebrated Mexican Journalist and Scholar

Keynote address:

“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.”

  • Friday, February 17 – 6:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Robert Moor

A brilliant new literary voice with San Miguel ties whose debut book, On Trails, is receiving superb reviews: “…narrative nonfiction at its finest!”

Keynote address:

On Trails: An Exploration
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.

  • Friday, February 17 – 2:00 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom

Special Event

Film Screening

Film Screening:

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.

  • Saturday, February 18 – 12:30 PM
  • Real de Minas Ballroom


San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico