A multi-faceted program that aims to bring
each writer’s voice to the next level…
Announcing UTV 2020,
the year of perfect vision…
January 9-19, 2020
UNDER THE VOLCANO is an international program of writing master classes that convenes every January in Tepoztlán, Mexico, an hour outside Mexico City in the foothills of the great volcanoes. Our award-winning faculty spans the English-speaking and Hispanic worlds.
The core writing program is open to poets, novelists, short story writers, investigative journalists, memoirists, essayists and screenwriters, as well as those working on projects that challenge traditional genre forms. Optional add-on’s include a two-week extension residency and flash master classes.
Registration for the core master classes is limited to eight. Both accomplished and emerging writers are strongly encouraged to apply. Workshops are offered in both English and Spanish.
Our alumni have published novels, stories, poetry chapbooks, memoirs and articles, been admitted to top MFA programs and residencies, signed with leading literary agents and won prizes and honors that include a National Book Award, the Premio Nacional de Novela Tamaulipas, the Premio Quimera Literatura Queer and the Write Stuff competition at the London Book Fair.
Full fellowships and partial financial aid are available to qualified applicants.
“The dream always is to feel that writing is your only job in life. At Under the Volcano that dream becomes real.”
TIM MACGABHANN, Ireland
“The time I spent in Tepoztlán working on my novel was magical. It recharged my batteries so that I could finally get through my first draft.”
REYNA GRANDE, California
"The journalism workshop … was an awakening for me personally but also something I could bring back to the Seattle Times and use in my work there."
TYRONE BEASON, Seattle
"I am so glad to return home to share my experiences with other Black writers who will benefit from this magical place for community and creativity in the future.”
TANEA LUNSFORD LYNX, San Francisco, California
"Under the Volcano fosters a community of writers committed to craft, to society and to being agents of change. There's no better way to be a writer."
ANA PORTNOY BRIMMER, Puerto Rico
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