A Writer's Retreat in
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

May 25 - June 1, 2018


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Named by Travel + Leisure magazine as the "best city in the world," San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, is a writer’s dream. Located in Central Mexico’s Sierra Madre mountains, there is much to see and experience. San Miguel, as the locals call it, is known for its art galleries, cultural festivals, fine-dining restaurants, artisans’ markets and exquisite architecture. The streets are narrow and paved in cobblestone, the building façades draped in purple and red bougainvillea. The sunset colors of the city come to life against cloudless, blue skies—inspiration for the name Solana or "sunny place." San Miguel de Allende is a distinctly colonial city with Mexico’s indigenous and mestizo roots manifest in the history, art and culinary traditions of this pueblo mágico.

Our aim is to provide you with a relaxing environment in which to write, opportunities to meet and network with writers from Mexico and beyond, and a chance to experience the México we know and love.

Join us for a week of writing and fellowship! 

Price per person:
$2,950 (Single Occupancy)
$2,500 (Couples) 
Space is limited. Reserve your space with a $500 deposit (non-refundable) today. All fees due no later than March 1, 2018.


Click on the link below to book now:

2018 Guest of Honor
Francisco Hinojosa

Francisco Hinojosa was born in 1954 in Mexico City. He studied Hispanic Language and Literature at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Before dedicating himself to writing full-time, he edited various magazines and publications, including Los Universitarios and La Gaceta del Fondo de Cultura Económica. He has published over fifty books of poetry, short stories, travel writing, journalism, essay, children's literature, textbooks, and anthologies. His titles include: Robinson perseguido, La peor señora del mundo, La fórmula del doctor Funes (now a feature-length motion picture), Una semana en Lugano, Ana, ¿verdad?, Informe negro, Un tipo de cuidado, Migraña en racimos, Mexican Chicago, La nota negra, Cuéntame, Poesía eras tú, El tiempo apremia y Emma. His work has been translated into English, Korean, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Lithuanian, and Estonian. He has received various awards, including the Premio Nacional de Cuento San Luis Potosí (1993) and a series of grants from the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (1993 - present). In 2015, he was named Ambassador of the Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil. City Lights Publishers (San Francisco, California) has published an anthology of his short stories titled Hectic Ethics. Follow him on Twitter @panchohinojosah.


What's included?

  • Welcome reception. 
  • A visit to el Santuario de Jesús de Atotonilco.
  • Lunch and wine tasting at Cuna de Tierra vineyard.
  • Lunch at Jacinto 1930, a new restaurant by award-winning chefs Matteo Salas and Israel Loyola that marries haute cuisine with the culinary traditions of pre-Columbian culture.
  • Dinner with Francisco Hinojosa, a short story and children's author who is often referred to as the "Roald Dahl of Mexico."
  • An afternoon writing workshop with poet, artist, and managing editor of Literal Magazine, Tanya Huntington.
  • Networking breakfast with local and ex-pat writers who live and work in San Miguel.
  • An intimate dinner party at the home of Gilda and Fulvio Carbonaro, the owners of Culinarian Expeditions, which offers food and culture tours in Mexico and Italy.
  • A mezcal and tequila tasting.
  • A walking tour of San Miguel de Allende.

Also included:

  • Breakfast each morning.
  • Daily writing prompts.
  • Early-morning photography walks/sessions.
  • Shuttle transportation to and from the airport in León, Guanajuato.
  • Housekeeping services.
  • Lodging in the historic center (private room and bath) for 6 nights.

Optional Add-Ons:

  • Yoga classes. 
  • In-room massage appointments.
  • Trolley tour of San Miguel.

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Tips for service providers (A 15% gratuity is customary.) other than for meals included above.
  • Shuttle service from other airports/cities.


A $500 non-refundable deposit (per guest) will reserve your spot. We will refund this amount only if we must cancel the retreat due to low enrollment.  

The full fee is due by March 1, 2018 and is non-refundable. It is highly recommended that you purchase traveler's insurance in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending. The website is very informative and will allow you to compare options from different companies.

Afternoon Writing Workshop with Tanya Huntington

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Tanya Huntington (USA, 1969). A bi-national writer and artist, Tanya is Managing Editor of the digital magazine Literal: Latin American voices. She is the author of Solastalgia (Almadía, forthcoming), Martín Luis Guzmán: Entre el águila y la serpiente (Tusquets, 2015), A Dozen Sonnets for Different Lovers / Docena de sonetos para amantes distintos (Ediciones Acapulco, 2015) and Return / El regreso (Motín Poeta, 2009). She holds a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and has taught workshops and seminars at the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Centro de Creación Literaria Xavier Villaurrutia and CENTRO in Mexico City. She has also co-produced, co-written and appeared on public radio and television programs dedicated to culture and the arts, such as: PuntoDoc for TV UNAM, El Letrero and ReVerso for Canal 22, Lo Sonado for Radio Horizonte. She has received first prize at the Bienal Internacional de Radio de México on two separate occasions. Her artwork has been exhibited both in the United States and Mexico and selected by prestigious venues such as the FEMSA Biennial. Her current interdisciplinary project, Solastalgia, received a grant from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) in 2011. She has also contributed to Comment Is Free at The Guardian, the Laberinto section of the newspaper Milenio, and the magazines Casa del Tiempo, df, Diario de Cuba, Este País, Hoja por hoja, Langosta Literaria, Letras Libres, Literal, Metrópolis, National Geographic Traveler, Nexos, Sin Embargo, Periódico de Poesía, Transtierros and El Huevo. Follow her on Twitter at @TanyaHuntington.