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Congratulations to the wonderful group of Volcanistas who made UTV 2024 our best year ever. We open for applications on July 1 for UTV 2025.

Congratulations to the wonderful group of Volcanistas who made UTV 2024 our best year ever. We open for applications on July 1 for UTV 2025.

UTV Master Classes

January 10-25, 2025

While specific master classes differ slightly in format, they share a common goal: to offer highly motivated writers an intensely sympathetic reading of their work, with strategic suggestions for revision. We encourage all participants to respond to each other’s work and to each other in the same spirit.

Registration for all master classes is limited to 8. Groups meet three times a week for a total of six 3-hour sessions. You will also meet at least once one-to-one with your instructor. Manuscript Coaching groups are smaller, with full manuscripts submitted no later than November 15. Coaching participants meet once as a group and then in individual sessions twice a week with your instructor.

Please choose from the menu below in making your selection. Click on each image for a full description. 



with Tommy Orange

Open to writers of fiction both short and long, this master class offers a select group of novelists or short story writers the chance to share their work with accomplished peers

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con Alberto Chimal

Un taller de creación nueva y puesta en escena de textos anteriores. Para cuentistas y/o novelistas.

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with TBD

This workshop is based on Gustave Flaubert’s sense that a writer can imagine anything. It is often in the confluence of contradiction, found in metaphor and simile, where the most profound human experiences can be found. Fiction writers who also write poetry, as well as poets who also write fiction, are particularly welcome.

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con TBD

Para cualquier escritor, la poesía es un exigente reto disfrazado de libertad. Al parecer, expresarse poéticamente debe ser un ejercicio espontáneo y nacido de la inspiración.

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Writing of Witness

Writing Of Witness

with Jennifer Clement

Open to writers with projects ranging from memoir to autobiography to texts that defy easy categorization, writing of witness is an invitation to pursue the truth in a voice more subjective than journalism but just as committed to revealing the stories of our time.

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Escritura y testimonio

con Sandra Lorenzano

Para escritores con proyectos que nacen de la experiencia personal, con un alcance que llega a tocar los temas sociales implicados. Para ensayistas, cronistas, periodistas y quienes inventan formas nuevas.

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Investigative Journalism

Manuscript Coaching

Our Manuscript Coaching sessions are intended for advanced writers with drafts of book-length projects or projects close to completion. Unlike group master classes, they offer one-on-one consultations with meticulous review and guidelines for revision.

Poetry Manuscript Coaching

with Keetje Kuipers

A small intensive format for poets with manuscripts ready for an expert eye. This will be a mixture of one-on-one consultations and group manuscript workshops. Open to both full-length and chapbook-length manuscripts-in-progress.

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Fiction Manuscript Coaching

with Ayşegül Savaş

A small intensive format for writers with book-length projects ready for an expert eye, primarily via individual consultations. Open to both fiction and non-fiction projects.

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Coaching en narrativa

con Socorro Venegas

Un taller más íntimo para escritores con libros en puerta, con una lectura a fondo mayormente a través de consultas individuales. Para proyectos de narrativa y no-ficción.

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in their own words


I have never felt so supported to achieve what I want. I “leave” this experience with my heart filled with joy, with my brain like a Christmas tree, full of new ideas, and with a sense that I have finally met my tribe.

María Mínguez

Bay Area/Spain

UTV fue un detonador de ideas y conexiones. Llegué con una idea y volví a casa con la tercera parte de un libro. 

Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny

El Paso, Texas

“When I was feeling overwhelmed at the sheer talent and accomplishments of the faculty, a fellow writing student said to me, “The only difference between them and us is time.”

Martha Morrison

Toronto, Canada

“UTV is more than a learning experience set against a powerful landscape… it offers a mental space for creativity.”

Daniel Escoto

Mexico City

“UTV is the perfect getaway for writers looking to build community, participate in cross-cultural exchange, and find time and space to work on their craft.”

Meryl Branch-McTiernan

New York, USA