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Held annually during Mexico's most sacred holiday Dia de Los Muertos

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"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"~~Frida Kahlo

“Why the Yucatan?” I'm often asked. There is no one answer. You simply have to be here, experience its beauty, vitality, and mystery. The Spanish conquistadors thought they conquered this land, but they did not. The Maya spirit reigns in the hearts, minds, and souls of the peninsula’s people and in the beautiful tropical island just off its coast: Cozumel, home to the Mesoamerican Reef System, also know as the Great Mayan Reef, the second largest reef system in the world.

Join us on Cozumel, the Isle of Swallows, for small, intimate writing conferences in which your writing will deepen, your artistry will grow, and your work will find its wings. 


The Yucatan Writing Conference is about art and craft, yes. But it is also about creating an ongoing community of writers that sustains each individual far beyond these Caribbean shores. Building on the successes and lessons of The St. Augustine Writers Conference, we are committed to offering small, intimate learning environments–each conference is limited to six to ten participants–in which the work is approached holistically, in a positive, nurturing, vigorous atmosphere. We are also committed to cultural engagement and exchange. That is why during each conference, participants will become immersed in Maya history, art, music, food, Cozumel's natural abundance, and more.


When and where are the conferences held?

Our first conference was held in the Yucatecan capital of Merida in October 2016. Our 2017 conference will be held on the beautiful island of Cozumel, where turquoise seas meet an endless blue sky:

The Yucatan Writers Conference--Experience El Día de Los Muertos in Cozumel
October 30-November 5, 2017


The conferences are held on Isla de Cozumel in the Centro district of the island's only town, San Miguel. Participants will workshop, discuss craft, and explore writing and publishing issues at the conference headquarters located one block away from the world famous malecon. In addition to the conference activities, participants will have available to them all the island has to offer: snorkeling, diving, fishing, nature walks, sunbathing, sidewalk cafes, galleries, museums, cantinas, boutiques, and world cuisines including Yucatecan.

What about 2018?

The 2018 Yucatan Writing Conference will be held on Cozumel October 30-November 5, 2018. Check here or on our Yucatan Writing Website for updated information soon!

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