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Registration opens for 10th Annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival


Minnesota friends with Calvin Trillin at the 2014 conference.

Looking for a catalyst to start writing that memoir? Need an agent to represent the novel you’ve kept in a drawer for years? You may want to attend the San Miguel International Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival, February 11-15, 2015, in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Hey, it’s an excuse for a warm-weather vacation, and you might even get a tax break on the tuition!


“Life of Pi” author Yann Martel at last year’s conference.

Keynote speakers this year include Gloria Steinem, Alice Walker, Scott Turow, Tracy Chevalier, and other luminaries of the literary world.

“Early Bard” pricing is $490-$745 USD depending on the package of conference events and extracurricular activities you desire. Transportation and accommodations extra. (Check out my listing on Airbnb and opt to stay in a real Mexican neighborhood if hotels aren’t your IMG_3714thing.)

Register now if you’re inclined to give your writing a boost—the conference tends to fill early and I predict it will be sold out again this year.

WIN A FULL CONFERENCE PACKAGE PLUS HOUSING AND AGENT SESSION! Click here to learn about the writing contest (deadline Nov. 15, 2014) and be one of three writers who get a free ride.

Let the wild rumpus start!


As an aspiring children’s book author (Prickle, the Kind-Hearted Cactus series), I’m devoted to great children’s books and certain authors in particular: Dr. Seuss, H. A. Rey, and of course Maurice Sendak. Here is a delightful interview with Sendak in Slice magazine, conducted shortly before he died on May 8, 2012 (four days before my 50th birthday), and published in November. Read it and learn who really inspired the monsters in Where the Wild Things Are!

Click here to see the Wall Street Journal’s tribute to Maurice Sendak on YouTube.

The above image of the Maurice Sendak book cover and the copyright for it is most likely owned either by the artist who created the cover or by the publisher of the book. It is believed that the use of low-resolution images of book covers to illustrate an article discussing the book on this blog qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law.

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