january 7-28


A guided writing residency and literary festival rolled into one.

Intimate master classes, inter-galactic conversations, readings and craft talks by some of the leading writers & thinkers of our time.


Bringing the world closer and building connections across borders…

Because words matter.

A writing residency like no other. Join accomplished peers from around the world in legendary Tepoztlán or Zoom in from the comfort of home.  Either way you’ll be part of our growing Community of the Imagination.

A space to dream, speculate and create new work.

  • Selective, intimate master classes
  • Curated public conversations
  • Weekly Open Mics
  • Agent talks & live pitches
  • Optional manuscript consultations

award-winning faculty

Cyrus Cassells · Alberto Chimal · Alfredo Corchado · Elisa Díaz Castelo · Angela Kocherga · Sandra Lorenzano
Tim MacGabbhan · Verónica Murguía  · Elizabeth Rosner · Ayşegül Savaş · Sheree Reneé Thomas · Luisa Valenzuela

recent program guests

Gina Apostol
Adam Biles
Deborah Blum
Magda Bogin
Alberto Chimal
Rita Dove

Carolyn Forché
Francisco Goldman
Ilya Kaminsky
Victor LaValle
Jonathan Levi
Priyamvada Natarajan
Annalee Newitz

Jumko Ogata
Elena Poniatowska
Sheree Renée Thomas
Valeria Souza
Ginger Thompson
Luisa Valenzuela

“The dream always is to feel that writing is your only job in life. At Under the Volcano that dream became real.”


“The time I spent in Tepoztlán working on my novel was magical. It re-charged my batteries so that I could finally get through my first draft.”

REYNA GRANDE, California

“Under the Volcano is not just about the writing. It is a personal journey. Never has a combination of place, people and programme felt so powerful and inspiring.”

NATALIE HART, United Kingdom

“Under the Volcano is unforgettable. It gave me time and space to breathe and write. I made lasting relationships in such a short time and have so much creative momentum now that I’m home.”


“Friends ask me why I go to Mexico for a writing workshop. I’m exposed to people, writers, and ideas that are outside the context of the typical literary writers workshop that exists in the US.”

IAN GOLUB, Washington, DC

under the volcano in the news

Hope we’ll see you again next January in Tepoztlán. Take a look to our new website and check out the masterclasses! 🌋 #utvmx2022

Good memories from our last time together in #Tepoztlán. How about some tacos de guisado por lunch? How much do you miss UTV and Mexican food? ♥️🌮🌋. ...

Avistamiento de “Volver a casa” (Planeta, 2019), de nuestra querida Ayşegül Savaş (@__aysegulsavas__ ), ex alumna y profesora de UTV, en la @librerias_gandhi de Cuernavaca. ¡Estamos felices de poder leerla en español! ...

UTV 2022 will take place next January 7-28 in Tepoztlán and online. Take a look at our new website and join us! ...

UTV 2022 will take place next January 7-28 in Tepoztlán and online. Take a look at our new website and join us! ...

UTV 2022 will take place next January 7-28 in Tepoztlán and online. Take a look at our new website and join us! ...

Have you heard of the amazing panels in our #UTV21 Community of the Imagination series?
You still have time to participate, starting tomorrow with "Writing in the Time of Corona." 🌋♥️
Check the link in bio for more info!

Nelly Rosario will lead our conversation with #AfroLatinoWriters and #BlackWriters to discuss #AfroFuturism and the role of speculative fiction in portraying the African diaspora experience. LINK IN BIO FOR TICKETS! ...

Quedan pocos días para solicitar una beca y formar parte de este fabuloso taller de periodismo conducido por #TyroneBeason y #AliciaQuiñones, que reflexiona acerca del oficio periodístico en tiempos de pandemia. ¡Chequen los detalles en nuestra página! ...