Our Mexico program begins with a weekend of shared meals and events that includes an opening reception and faculty reading as well as time to explore the village and dive into writing.
Daily three-hour workshops meet Monday through Friday, with lunch provided for all participants. Initial work is generally distributed in advance by email, and printing is easily available on the village square for subsequent submissions. Individual conferences are held throughout the week.
Workshops convene from 9:00-12:00 pm or from 1 pm to 4pm, leaving ample time for writing, relaxation and solitude. Tepoztlán is a paradise for those inclined to hike, visit nearby ruins, sample the local food or work on their Spanish.
While specific workshops differ in format, they share a common goal: to offer highly motivated individuals an intensely sympathetic reading of their work, with strategic suggestions for revision.
Registration for each master class is limited to ten participants. An 8-10 page writing sample is required for acceptance into any of the workshops. Space permitting, participants may audit a second workshop for a modest additional fee.
“If a writer wants to spend a week or more in a nurturing, magical, mystical environment, and if he/she is committed to their craft, then Under the Volcano is not to be missed.”
“I’m still suffused with the warmth of Tepoztlán and the support of the group. The schedule offered just the right blend of work and holiday, and the right balance of group and independent meals. Best of all was the good will and generosity of all involved — the faculty as well as the participants.”