Margaret Atwood Heads San Miguel Literary Sala's International Writers’ Conference

Laredo, TX, November 16, 2011 --( The strikingly beautiful historic town of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, long a Mecca for writers and artists and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the setting for a four-day Writers’ Conference and Literary Festival, February 16 to 19, 2012, a bilingual event for writers and readers. Optional eight-hour Intensive Writing Skills workshops will be held on the following two days, February 20 and 21.

“Especially since the Maui Conference has closed its doors,” said San Miguel Conference Director, Susan Page, “our Conference has become extremely popular. Accommodations are inexpensive, and this town is hundreds of miles from any drug cartel activity. San Miguel is much safer than most American cities. We draw faculty and participants from Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, which is why we like to say the Conference is at the Creative Crossroads of the Americas. I believe it is the largest literary celebration of its kind in Latin America.”

Novelist Barbara Kingsolver, who keynoted the Conference two years ago, said, “San Miguel is full of unexpected riches, different from any other place in Mexico, and the conversations inspired by this Conference were exceptional.” Noted Chicana writer, Sandra Cisneros commented about the 2011 Conference, “I came away deeply changed and enriched, and with a great longing to come back.” And novelist Tom Robbins, who took the town by storm in 2008, said, “If Dante had had the San Miguel experience, he may have written more about heaven and less about hell.”

In addition to nine keynote addresses by distinguished writers, the conference offers nearly 50 workshops for writers on a wide variety of topics from fiction and non-fiction to poetry to publishing options; one-on-one pitch sessions with agents; open mic opportunities; individual consultations with experts; a large Conference bookstore; an award-winning play: That Dorothy Parker; San Miguel excursions; and a spectacular, unforgettable Mexican Fiesta.

The Conference’s world-class faculty of forty-two writers includes feminist icon Naomi Wolf; Mexico’s most celebrated journalist, Elena Poniatowska; beloved poet and musician, Joy Harjo; award-winning Canadian novelist Joseph Boyden, as well as keynote speaker, the legendary Margaret Atwood.

“We’re very excited about this year’s event. We have a phenomenal list of presenters. We’ve expanded our track for readers and even have a special discounted rate for book clubs,” noted Page. “We’re offering what we call an ‘Early Bard’ special that’s open to everyone and can save you $100, as long as you register before December 1. And we’ve expanded our writing contest. We’re encouraging writers to submit their entry in fiction, non-fiction, or poetry for the chance to win free tuition to the full Conference, a $500 value!”

Full conference registration cost is $395 before December 1, 2011; $495 after December 1. All meals, two lavish receptions, the play, and the dazzling Viva Mexico Fiesta, full of surprises, are included in the price.

Full information and registration is available on the San Miguel Writers' Conference web site.

San Miguel Literary Sala
Mark Saunders
Susan Page