Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about Under the Volcano 

What is included in the price of the core program?

6 sessions of  master classes in your genre;
2 individual conferences with your instructor;
Free access to Community of the Imagination series of curated talks;
Guest writer and agent talks;
Weekly Volcano Café for drinks and interaction with fellow Volcanistas;
Closing celebration;
Listing in our online gallery;
Membership in UTV Alumni closed FB Group;
Participation in year-round UTV Open Mics.

N.B. Accommodation and meals are not included.


We expect to host both in-person and virtual participants in January 2022. This means that writers can choose any of the following ways to attend (except named fellowship winners, who will be expected to attend at least Week #1 in-person).

 1.  Join us in Tepoztlán for Week #1 and return home to do Weeks #2 and #3 online.

2.  Join us in Tepoztlán for week #1 and stay on in the village for Weeks #2 and #3.

3.  Attend the entire program virtually, with a live connection to your master class and interaction with the others in your group.

Whichever you option you choose,  we encourage you to plan ahead and set aside the time to make  Under the Volcano a personal residency, with ample time to write, revise and take part in all the included events besides your master classes.


Tepoztlán offers a range of accommodation within walking distance of the village center and all workshop venues.  Prices range from $40 to $200 US per night and most include breakfast in the price. We will provide accepted applicants a list of recommended hotels.

Do I need to know Spanish to participate in Under the Volcano?

Knowledge of Spanish is highly desirable but not required. We always encourage all Volcanistas to interact with one another across the barriers of language and that will remain truer than ever as we meet online.  This is a good time to review or polish your Spanish or begin to learn it!

 ¿Necesito saber inglés para participar en Under the Volcano?

Un nivel mínimo sí es necesario debido a que el inglés nos funciona como lengua compartida entre Volcanistas de varios países.

What are the technical requirements for UTV 2021 workshops?

A PC or laptop with good internet connection and access to Zoom and other standard platforms.

What measures will be in place to prevent outsiders from hacking our sessions?

All master classes will be password-protected and all larger events will be ticketed.

Do you offer financial aid?

Limited partial support is available within strict guidelines.  All financial support is based on formal proof of financial need. If you check this option on the application you will need to upload proof of your current monthly income and expenses and describe any extenuating circumstances in your cover letter.  Our resources this year are especially constrained, so we strongly encourage you to seek outside funding if accepted.

We also offer a number of full fellowships to applicants who demonstrate outstanding talent.  Please see the relevant page on this site.

Our Black Writers Matter Fund offers special encouragement and provides financial support if needed to qualified applicants (talent + need.)

Is it possible to audit a master class without being formally enrolled?

A small number of auditors may be accepted to certain master classes with permission of the instructor for an additional fee. Please email us for details.

How will participants in UTV 2022 submit work to their master class?

All writing must be submitted as a Word document to allow for comments from your instructor and fellow participants.  Most workshops will require submissions in advance.

How will  UTV 2022 be a community if the program is hybrid?

Don’t worry! UTV 2022 has been designed to make the best of both worlds by maximizing technologies to combine small, selective workshops with larger intra-group events, opportunities for improvised gatherings, and a weekly Volcano Café where all participants can mix and mingle in a new online environment.

Will any events during UTV 2022 be open to outside audiences?

Yes! The Community of the Imagination curated series is available to all interested parties as a separate package that includes the opening weekend conversations and other selected events.

What is the Volcano Café?

It’s a private Friday gathering on a new platform that allows all program participants to hang out together and share a virtual toast at the end of each week.

Still have questions? Send us a note!