Frequently Asked Questions.
Here are some common questions about Under the Volcano.
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Q. Do you have workshops for beginners?

A. Under the Volcano is intended for writers with prior experience.  However, our one-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, six group lunches, one individual 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. 

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

Q. I am planning to be in Mexico next January. Could I sit in on one of your workshop sessions to see if it’s something I might want to do at a future date?

A.  We do not accept auditors or observers in our core sessions, but visitors are welcome to enroll in one of the Flash Master Classes offered on the Wednesday of our workshop week. 

Q. When does the Extension Residency begin and end?

A.  The extension begins on Sunday, January 20 and runs through Sunday, February 3, 2019

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

A.  Only UTV alumni may enroll in the extension residency without taking a workshop; all others must apply to the core program and may elect to stay on for the Extension Residency if accepted.

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 come to 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 something of your background. 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 supplied.

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 just international but inter-generational.

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

A. Yes, but we urge you to think twice about how their presence might affect your ability to focus on your writing and to integrate into the larger group.  A non-participant fee of $595 will be charged to cover the additional overhead to UTV.

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 get college credit for your program?

A.  We do not offer academic credit per se, but have frequently been able to provide a letter of acceptance that enables master class participants—both academics and degree candidates—to receive support from their institutions.

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 your 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. Transportation to the village from the Mexico City airport is easiest by taxi. Those arriving from elsewhere in the country may prefer to take a bus.  We will assist you with arrival arrangements if your application is.  A taxi from the airport to the village costs approximately $100 USD.  The bus is in the range of $35 USD. 

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