"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?"~~Frida Kahlo
“Why the Yucatan?” 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.
Escape the winter cold. Join us on Cozumel, the Isle of Swallows, this January for a small, intimate writing conference in which your prose and poetry 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 workshop 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.
The conference is held on Isla de Cozumel in the Centro district of the island's only town, San Miguel. Participants will workshop their poetry and prose, discuss craft, give readings, and explore writing and publishing issues. 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.