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A space to dream, speculate and create new work

Set in one of Mexico’s legendary villages, Under the Volcano is an incubator of literary and journalistic talent, a catalyst for writers with books in progress and an international community that transcends borders, languages and place.

A writing residency like no other.

Highlights from

UTV 2024

Every year is different, but Under the Volcano 2024 was a community beyond our wildest dreams. Our participants had it all. Talent, generosity, diversity—who could ask for more? Enjoy this glimpse of our program highlights and the magic that brought us together.

Genre by genre


Under the Volcano master classes are open to emerging as well as accomplished fiction writers, poets and journalists, and offer high-level feedback and mentorship from award-winning writers in each genre.  A roster of distinguished guests joins our core faculty in a program designed to take each participant’s voice to the next level. 

In Their Own Words


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

Tim Macghabann


“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


“Una experiencia emocionante que te motiva a continuar en el camino de la poesía y la literatura en contacto con gente brillante.”

Hamlet Ayala

Poeta, Tijuana, Mexico

Great teaching meets committed writers–it’s an unbeatable combination! 

Ann Stanford