The workshops

Our small size allows us to conduct intensive, intimate workshops (no more than ten writers per workshop) in which each manuscript is thoroughly, holistically discussed. Everything from line level editing to structure and story arc are addressed. Connie May Fowler will teach the fiction and creative nonfiction workshop while Parneshia Jones will teach the poetry and creative nonfiction workshop. Literary agent Jeff Kleinman will visit the workshops, providing his agent’s-eye expertise. Each participant will have their manuscript discussed for approximately one hour with an optional half-hour one-on-one session with their workshop leader (additional fee). Prose manuscripts may be no more than 30 pages (numbered, double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font, default one-inch margins on all sides). Poetry manuscripts may be up to six pages (numbered, 12-point Times New Roman font, default one-inch margins on all sides). Workshop leaders may elect to introduce additional elements into their sessions, including exercises, readings from published texts, and homework. Yucatan Writing Conference workshops are rigorous, non-competitive, and designed to nurture each writer’s unique vision and talent.

The discussions

The faculty will conduct a broad range of discussions focusing on various aspects of craft, editing, publishing, and writer’s life survival skills. Because of the acclaimed faculty’s diversity of experience—writing, teaching, editing, agenting books, and publishing—the discussions promise to be informative, practical, challenging, and inspiring.

The readings

Participants (volunteer basis) and faculty gather in the evenings for refreshments and readings.

The mentorships

Participants can choose to have a private, 30-minute meeting with their workshop leader to discuss their manuscripts in greater detail. A $50 fee applies.

The place

“Why the Yucatan?” we are often asked. There is no one answer. You simply have to be here to experience its beauty, vitality, and mystery. The Spanish conquistadors thought they conquered this land and its people, 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. Clear turquoise seas, ocean breezes, luxuriant flora and fauna, a rich history, and a relaxed Caribbean vibe make Cozumel an island that rejuvenates and inspires moment by moment.

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