Frequently Asked Questions

Some common questions about Under the Volcano


Q. Do you offer workshops for beginners?

A. No. Under the Volcano is intended for writers with prior experience.  However, our half-day Flash Master Classes are open to the general public.

Q. I am already a published author. Are your master classes advanced enough for me?

A. Yes.  Our master classes assume a high degree of accomplishment and are designed to take your voice to the next level. 

Q. What is included in the price of the core program?

A. Tuition for 6 three-hour workshops, 6 group lunches, one half-hour private conference with your instructor, orientation and closing dinners, and all special events including readings, panels and book signings.

Q. Do you offer financial aid?

A.  Yes.  Approximately half our participants receive partial financial aid.  All financial support is based on formal proof of financial need. Our resources are limited, 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. 

Q. is it possible to audit a master class without being formally enrolled?

A.  No. We regret that we are unable to accept auditors or observers.

Q. When does the Extension Residency begin and end?

A.  The extension begins on Sunday, January 19 and runs through Sunday, February 2, 2020

Q. Can I apply for the Extension Residency without doing the core program?

A.  No. Only UTV alumni may enroll in the extension residency without taking a workshop; all others must apply to the core program. 

Q. Can I take a flash master class without doing the core program?

A. Yes. Flash Master Classes are open to both UTV alumni and the general public.  No writing sample is required.

Q. Can I apply to the Manuscript Seminar if I have never attended Under the Volcano before?

A.  Absolutely.  Please note the specific application requirements.

Q. Can I take a master class in English/Spanish if it’s not my native language?

A. Absolutely. Acceptance to all master classes is based on the quality of the writing sample you submit.  If you are writing in a second language, please let us know. We will conduct a Skype interview with all non-native speakers.

Q. Can I take two core master classes?

A. Taking two master classes will leave you little time to write or to reflect on your process as a writer. However, under special circumstances, with the approval of the program director, core participants may enroll in a second master class for an additional cost of $895.  No financial aid will be provided.

Q. Is there an age limit for Under the Volcano?

A.  None whatsoever! Participants range in age from 20’s to 70’s, with most in their 30’s and 40’s. We are proud that our community of writers is not only international but inter-generational.

Q. Can I bring my spouse or significant other to Under the Volcano?

A. We regret that we are unable to accommodate significant others.   

Q. Are children welcome?

A. We discourage you from bringing children but will assist with childcare arrangements if there is no other way for you to attend. A child participant fee of $595 will be charged to cover the additional overhead to UTV.

Q. Can I receive college credit for your program?

A.  We do not offer academic credit per se, but can provide a letter of acceptance that may enable master class participants—both academics and degree candidates—to receive support from their home institutions or other sponsoring organizations.

Q. Where will I stay?

A.  Under the Volcano has special discounted rates at several excellent hotels in the village, all with private rooms and baths, in a price range of $30-$250/night including breakfast and taxes. Please explore the links on our accommodation page and indicate your budget preference on the application form.

Q. Would it be possible for me to live with a local family instead of staying in a hotel?

A. Yes. Homestays can be arranged for interested participants. 

Q. How do I get to Tepoztlán?

A. Tepoztlán is easily accessible from Mexico City by bus or taxi. We will assist you with arrival arrangements if your application is successful.  

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