A writing residency like no other.
Founded in 2003 to identify talented writers from across the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds, Under the Volcano is a two-week international residency that convenes every January in Tepoztlán, Mexico, an hour from Mexico City in the foothills of the great volcanoes. A third optional week is available to those able to stay on in the village to write.
Our master classes are open to emerging as well as accomplished fiction writers, poets, essayists and journalists, and offer high-level feedback and mentorship from master writers. A roster of distinguished guests joins our core faculty in a program designed to take each participant’s voice to the next level.
Our diverse, carefully curated community is recreated each year on the principles of mutual support and respect for differences of nationality, character, opinion, identity, age and life choices.
Our nearly 500 graduates have published novels, stories, poetry collections, memoirs and investigative pieces, been admitted to top MFA programs and residencies, signed with leading literary agents and won prizes and honors that include a National Book Award, an Aspen Words Emerging Writer Fellowship, the Premio Nacional de Novela Corta Amado Nervo, the Premio Nacional de Novela Tamaulipas, the Premio Quimera Literatura Queer, the Write Stuff competition at the London Book Fair, a Fulbright Fellowship and, in journalism, fellowships for books-in-progress from the De Groot Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard. See the news page on this website for their continuing accomplishments.