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The top 10 writing conferences in North America

The writing universe is filled with festivals, conferences, workshops and book fairs. Which are truly worth the hype (and the registration fees)?

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6. San Miguel Writers’ Conference

This is a destination writers conference where the atmosphere is just as important as the conference. San Miguel de Allende, a small town in Mexico, is known for its artistic community of writers, painters, musicians, poets and philosophers. In recent years, more American artists have flocked here in the winter.

Past faculty: Joyce Carol Oates, Gail Sheehy, Elizabeth Hay, Scott Simon,
Juan Villoro

Why you should go: You have a sense of adventure and love the idea of mixing travel and writing. Perfect for those looking for an escape to Mexico during February.

Highlights: This conference draws famous media personalities in addition to some great faculty for the workshops. It is not just a literary conference but also a cultural experience. Don’t miss the live storytelling performances and the legendary fiesta. which Barbara Kingsolver has called “one of the 10 best parties I’ve ever attended in my life.”

Where: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

When: February


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