january 6-29, 2023


for poets, fiction writers,
journalists and essayists

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
  • Time to write, revise and generate new work

award-winning faculty

 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 becomes 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

"An unforgettable community that invests in you beyond the confines of the program."


“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

“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

We are open for applications to our 2022 program! Visit our website to find out all the good stuff we have for this year ♥️🌋. ...

Elisa Díaz Castelo, una de las poetas más destacadas del país, tomará la batuta de nuestro taller de poesía en español, mientras que Cyrus Cassells continuará al frente del taller de poesía en inglés.
¡Le damos la bienvenida! Ya están abiertas las inscripciones ♥️🌋
#poetry #poesia #poesiaenespañol #tallerdepoesía #tallerliterarioonline #tallerdepoesíaonline #poetry #poetryworkshop #onlinepoetryworkshop

Para enero de 2022, @sandralorenzano y @elizrosner regresan para impartir sus exitosos talleres de no ficción. ¡Inscripciones abiertas!

By popular demand, next January @sandralorenzano and @elizrosner will be teaching their amazing non-fiction masterclasses. Apply now!
#nonfiction #nonfictionworkshops #noficcióncreativa #noficción #tallerliterario #writingcommunity #writingworkshop #literaturatestimonial #memoirwriting #memoirworkshop #literaryworkshop #onlinemasterclass #writingmasterclass

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! ...