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January Events at UTV 2023



A space to dream, speculate and create new work

Set in one of Mexico’s legendary villages, Under the Volcano is an incubator of literary and journalistic talent, a catalyst for writers with books in progress and an international community that transcends borders, languages and place.

A writing residency like no other.

Our 20th Anniversary Season

Picture credit: Cisco Jiménez

January 6-28, 2023

Genre by genre


Under the Volcano masterclasses are open to emerging as well as accomplished fiction writers, poets and journalists, and offer high-level feedback and mentorship from award-winning writers in each genre.  A roster of distinguished guests joins our core faculty in a program designed to take each participant’s voice to the next level. 

In Their Own Words


“The dream always is to feel that writing is your only job in life. At Under the Volcano that dream becomes real.”

Tim Macghabann


UTV ha cambiado mi manera de entender qué escribo y desde dónde escribo. Me voy feliz y con toda la inspiración para seguir mi sueño.

Diego Arellano

Mexico City, Mexico

“The time I spent in Tepoztlán working on my novel was magical. It re-charged my batteries so that I could finally get through my first draft.”

Reyna Grande


“An unforgettable community that invests in you beyond the confines of the program.”

Rebecca George

New York

“Under the Volcano is not just about the writing. It is a personal journey. Never has a combination of place, people and programme felt so powerful and inspiring.”

Natalie Hart

United Kingdom

Under the Volcano fosters a community of writers committed to craft, to society and to being agents of change. There’s no better way to be a writer.

Ana Portnoy Brimmer

Puerto Rico

“UTV is like finding a magic place, a gathering of word-crafters from different countries, so you just don´t learn from the program, but from the knowledgeable writers around you.”

Javier Solórzano

Cuernavaca, México

“UTV is an incredible, rich program, in a magical location, with the company of inspired writers from all over North America. Do yourself a favour and apply!”

Cairn Karrington

Manson’s Landing, BC, Canada
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