Yucatan Writing Conference

Now in Isla de Cozumel

Connie May Fowler




on the magical isle of


Special Visiting Guest

Literary Agent Jeff Kleinman

of Folio Literary Management


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

“Why the Yucatan?” we are 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. 

What is the Yucatan Writing Conference?

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, yet 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.

Why should I attend the Yucatan Writing Conference?

The Yucatan Writing Conference is a rarity in the writing conference world. Our emphasis is on quality learning and lifelong community building. By limiting our conferences to between six and ten participants, we are able to build a workshop that considers more pages than traditional conferences (forty versus twenty or less), more time to delve into the work of each participant, more one-on-one time, and an increased ability to forge professional and personal relationships that will sustain you for years to come. Imagine the friendships and learning that take place among nine people versus twenty, ninety, or more.

When and where are the conferences held?

Our conferences are 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, 2018

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.

Whose brainchild is The Yucatan Writing Conference?

Author Connie May Fowler and her husband Bill Hinson, founders and directors of The St. Augustine Writers Conference, first visited the Yucatan in 2014. It was, for them, love at first sight: the wide, blue Yucatecan sky; the tropical birds resplendent in rainbow colors; the clear waters of the Caribbean sea that lead to jungle and then more sky. The generosity and kindness of the people moved them. The celebrations of art, culture, food, and family fed them. On March 31, 2016 they moved to the Yucatan, eventually finding their way to the tropical paradise of Cozumel, and the Yucatan Writing Conference was born.

What is the tuition and what does it cover?

The tuition fee covers conference activities: full-immersion workshops in which participants discuss up to 40 pages of each submitted manuscript; a 30-minute individual meeting with literary agent Jeff Kleinman; craft, process, and publishing discussions; readings, and more.

Tuition for the 2018 conference is $975 for the entire week. Thanks to the generosity of Yucatan Writing Conference participants, scholarships are available and are awarded on a rolling basis so early applications are highly recommended. Novelist Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa funds the annual Carmen Maria and Betty Figueroa Scholarship which is awarded to an emerging female novelist aged 50 or over.

What are the tuition deadlines?

2018 Dia de Muertos Yucatan Writing Conference:

Upon Acceptance and Registration: non-refundable $200 deposit via PayPal

July 30, 2018: $775 balance due via PayPal

Please note: The Acceptance and Registration deposit is non-refundable. The July 30 balance is refundable only if the cancellation occurs before August 15, 2018  and a replacement participant is found. Because of the work involved and expenditures made, no refunds can be made under any circumstances for cancellations made on or after August 30, 2018.

How do I apply to the Yucatan Writing Conference?

Send ten pages of prose--fiction or creative nonfiction--as an email attachment to yucatanwritingconference@gmail.com (we are sorry, but at this time poetry workshops are not offered). The manuscript must be rendered in 12 point type, Times New Roman, and double-spaced. Because the conference is limited to 10 participants and admissions are made on a rolling basis, it is important that you apply early.

How do I get to Cozumel?

Major airlines fly into both Cancun and Cozumel. Cancun offers more routes and sometimes more economical flights but you will then need to transfer via bus and ferry (both are easy, economical, and safe). Cozumel, of course, delivers you directly to this island paradise. We will help you navigate the process no matter which airport you use. On the Riviera Maya, English is widely spoken.

Where do I stay in Cozumel?

Cozumel has an abundance of lodging and English is spoken widely here. Once accepted into the conference, we will send you a list of recommended lodging, all within a short walk of the conference headquarters.

Do I need to be concerned about my safety?

The Yucatan, Cozumel, Quintana Roo, and the Riviera Maya are very safe. People are friendly, generous, and quick to help. Transportation is inexpensive and efficient. There are several very fine hospitals on the island in case you fall ill.

Are there other opportunities to work with Connie?

Yes! If you’d like to bring a group of three to ten writers for a workshop that falls at a time other than our yearly offering, let us know and we’ll see if our schedule can accommodate you. Individual residencies are available as well. Please check out our Yucatan Writing Conference Online Classes for our expanding class offerings. Additionally, Connie works privately with students via email, Zoom, and phone. If interested, please email her at yucatanwritingconference@gmail.com or fill out the contact form.