CORE MASTER CLASSES
We encourage a brief email exchange in advance of the formal application process. Please tell us how you heard about our program and why you would like to participate. In order to maintain the high level of our workshops and build a true sense of community, we encourage only those applicants we believe will benefit from our approach. Those applying for Spanish-language workshops should have a good working knowledge of English, which is the lingua franca of our community. We also look for English-language participants who know Spanish, although that is not a requirement. Once you’ve received a green light from us, you will be asked to submit an 8-10 page writing sample and our application form.
Applicants to the Manuscript Seminar must submit a 5000-word sample of a book-length project, a statement of intent and a one-page synopsis.
Our extension residency is open only to participants in the core program.
FLASH MASTER CLASSES
Priority will be given to 2019 participants and UTV alumni. Outside registrants should email us for information on availability.
Our full fellowships recognize emerging and established writers of exceptional talent. All fellowships cover tuition for the appropriate core workshop and 24 nights accommodation in a local hotel or hosting situation. The two-week extension residency is part of all named fellowships.
Recipients will be asked to provide written proof of their availability to remain in Tepoztlán and are expected to work on their creative project, not outside commitments. Family members are not permitted.
Recipients are chosen by committee on the basis of their accomplishment and literary promise and are required to submit a concise statement of their goals for the program and beyond. A cover letter and supporting materials for all fellowships must be received no later than August 1, 2018.
Fellowship awards will be announced by September 1, 2018.
Please be sure you meet the criteria for eligibility before submitting your application.
The Güera Trigos, Robert L. Breen and Página Dorada fellowships are for Mexican nationals only. The Grace Paley and Margot Adler fellowships are for English-language writers, with a preference for writers based in the United States. Proof of citizenship or residency is required for consideration.
All fellowship recipients are required to submit a final report to the program director, and to offer a public reading from their work during their time in Tepoztlán. In addition, all applicants to Spanish-language fellowships must provide proof of advanced competence in written and spoken English to ensure full participation in the life of the overall community of writers.
GRACE PALEY FELLOWSHIP
The Grace Paley Fellowship at Under the Volcano honors the legacy of the great writer and activist Grace Paley, whose inimitable stories gave lasting life to the immigrants, artists and visionaries of her New York and who believed in all necessary and generous change, as embodied in the title of her first collection, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. Grace Paley was a master teacher and a member of our founding faculty, who returned to teach and read in Tepoztlán many times before her death in 2007.
This fellowship covers participation in any of our English-language master classes, the two-week follow-up extension residency, 24 nights accommodation in Tepoztlán, RT travel to and from Mexico City from the US and help with childcare expenses if applicable.
The Grace Paley Fellowship will be awarded to a woman writer of any age whose work Grace Paley would have encouraged.
Requirements: the online application, a recent c.v., a cover letter describing your reasons for applying, a 25-page sample of your writing and two letters of recommendation from people who know your work. Applicants must also provide proof that they are able to stay on through the entire two-week extension residency.
Winner to date: Tanea Lunsford Lynx
MARGOT ADLER FELLOWSHIP FOR INNOVATIVE JOURNALISM
The Margot Adler Journalism Fellowship has been established in memory of a courageous, committed, indefatigable, and golden-voiced journalist who spent most of her career as a reporter for National Public Radio, generating feature and investigative pieces for both broadcast and print.
This fellowship covers participation in our English-language journalism lab, the two-week follow-up extension residency, 24 nights accommodation in Tepoztlán, and RT travel to and from Mexico City.
For a working or young career journalist whose commitment to contemporary issues would resonate with the life work of Margot Adler. Open to journalists up to age 40, including graduate journalism students. Priority will be given to those who have worked in the field for at least two years.
Requirements: the online application, a cover letter describing your reasons for applying, four published samples of your work totaling no more than 20 pages and two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field. Applicants must also provide proof that they are able to stay on through the entire two-week extension residency.
Winner to date: Marcos Martínez Hernández
THE SANDRA CISNEROS FELLOWSHIP FOR A LATIN@ WRITER
This fellowship established by friends and admirers of pioneering writer Sandra Cisneros is given to a Latin@ writer of outstanding literary promise and leadership ability. It covers full tuition for one of the English-language master classes, the extension residency, 24 nights accommodation, and RT travel from the US to Tepoztlán.
This fellowship is awarded by nomination only.
Winner to date: Ana Portnoy Brimmer
THE GÜERA TRIGOS FELLOWSHIP FOR MEXICAN WRITERS
La beca La Güera Trigos se otorga en memoria de una mujer amante de las letras y la historia, que sabía disfrutar la vida y apreciaba la naturaleza. Se adelantó a su época al ser ejemplo de fortaleza e independencia. Tocó a muchas personas y las contagió con su sonrisa y alegría de vivir.
Cubre la participación en cualquiera de los talleres en español, la residencia de dos semanas adicionales y hospedaje de 24 noches en Tepoztlán.
Se le concederá a un@ escritor@ Mexican@ de cualquier edad y de cualquier estado de la República.
Ganador@s hasta la fecha: Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny, Nora de la Cruz, Itzel Guevara, Mariana Roa Oliva, Rodrigo Méndez y Elsa Treviño.
ROBERT L. BREEN FELLOWSHIP FOR MEXICAN JOURNALISTS
Esta beca, establecida en homenaje al periodista norteamericano Robert L. Breen por sus descendientes, se destina a un@ periodista Mexican@ menor de 45 años, de cualquier estado de la República. La beca cubre la participación en el taller de periodisimo investigativo con la maestra Alejandra Xanic.
El propósito de esta beca es permitir a los ganadores trabajar en un tema de su elección sin la presión de escribir con un plazo diario. La selección final lo hará un comité integrado por expertos en la materia, la directora del programa y representantes de la familia Breen.
Requisitos: nacionalidad mexicana, dos cartas de recomendación de colegasde alto nivel y/o de mentores y dos ejemplos de artículos o proyectos acreditados por el solicitante, junto con una carta que exponga los motivos por los cuales quiere participar en el programa.
Ganadoras hasta la fecha: Celia Guerrero, Alicia Quiñones, Aranzazú Ayala y Dulce María Olvera
LA PÁGINA DORADA
Esta beca se otorgará a una escritora mexicana menor de 40 años con un libro en puerta (novela o colección de cuentos) para incentivarla a terminar su proyecto mediante la participación en el taller de narrativa en español.
La ganadora se beneficiará de 15 días adicionales en Tepoztlán para concentrarse en su manuscrito, sin costo alguno de colegiatura o de hospedaje.
Al entregar su trabajo terminado y con una carta compromiso de alguna editorial para su publicación, se le premiará con la cantidad de $10,000 M.N.
Ganadora 2018: Aura García Junco
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