Writers Studio in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico January 3-8, 2012
Take your writing to the next level in the vibrant cobblestone
town of San Miguel de Allende, an international expatriate and artist community
at the geographical center of mainland Mexico. Practice new approaches to
animate and enliven your writing. Start, revise, critique, and finish new work – fiction or nonfiction – and take away drafts, new skills, and inspiration
to produce more.
San Miguel de Allende is safe, with a pleasing climate, great food and music,
a lively central plaza, parks and
hills to walk, and thermal baths a short ride away. San Miguel Poetry Week
takes place while we’re there and evening readings by prominent U.S. and Latin
American poets are free and open to the public.
Five-day Writers Studio includes selected readings, morning
craft lectures and writing sessions, midday assignments, late-afternoon
workshop readings, and individual consultation on work-in-progress when
desired, with free time to write, read, rest, and roam. Optional cultural
outings will be recommended. One writing session will be held at La Gruta hot
Close to el centro, tucked
behind high walls and iron doors, our studio or suite-style casitas include
private bath, kitchenette, drinking water, heat, wireless internet, patios, and
balconies surrounding meandering gardens with stone paths, fountains, fish
pond, and old towering palms. Choose single, double, or triple accommodations.
Welcome Dinner, plus breakfasts offered buffet-style or from the menu of fruit,
yogurt, egg burritos, cinnamon French toast, design-your-own omelets,
mango-chipotle eggs, jalapeno-cheddar corn-cakes, or many other tasty options.
Writers Studio package price: $1650 single, $1400 double, $1050
triple, includes five-day Writers Studio tuition, private suite or studio
casita, Welcome Dinner, breakfasts, and round-trip Leon airport shuttle.
Flight, tips, other meals, and outings are additional. Fly to Leon, Guanajuato,
where shuttle will greet the group for transport to town (1.5 hours). SFO-BJX
(Leon) flight will be recommended for group to arrive together if possible. Please
make your own flight arrangements. We hope you can join us!
To reserve your space, please
send 50% deposit; balance by October 30, unless other
arrangements are made with instructors.
Alford Pursell's work has been well published, short-listed for the Flannery
O'Connor Short Fiction Award, nominated for a Pushcart, and twice received The
(S.C.) State Fiction Award. She started the creative writing program at
Charleston School of the Arts, and teaches at College of Marin, Book Passage,
and private workshops. Peg also curates the Why There Are Words Literary
Reading Series in Sausalito and is Fiction Editor for Prick of the Spindle online journal of literary arts.
teaches Writing & Literature at California College of the Arts and has been
leading Writers Studios in San Miguel de Allende since 2004. Her travel stories
appear in Travelers Tales’ annual The
Best Of series. She has won two Marin Arts Council Fiction Grants and is
the author of the memoir Silvie’s Life,
as well as many short stories, essays, and book reviews. Her nonfiction story
“Human Nature,” set in San Miguel, will appear in SOL literary magazine in November, and she will be reading with
other contributors at Biblioteca Publica in San Miguel on the evening of
For questions or to register you may use the contact form, or email peg AT pegalfordpursell DOT com. Limited space available. First come, first served.