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A Literary Season Online
Connecting You with the World of Writing
The Writers’ Conference Welcomes you to our 
January Online Programs
January 17 to 23
Don’t let Covid prevent you from attending these world-class literary events, our January programs, right in your own home, including the opportunity for you to have a personal chat with each keynote speaker!
Yuri Herrera
Sunday, January 17 at 6:00 PM 
In Spanish with English subtitles

Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera writes about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He will be in conversation with the Director of our Spanish Conference, Armida Zepeda.

Souvankham Thammavongsa
Saturday, January 23 at 6:00 PM

The Giller Prize is Canada’s most prestigious literary award, carrying a purse of $100,000. This past November, it was awarded to Souvankham Thammavongsa, a Laotian who grew up in Canada. Because we are a genuinely tri-cultural Conference, we have a close connection with the Giller Foundation and are proud to be able to present this award-winning writer as part of our Festival. She will be in conversation with prolific Canadian author, Merilyn Simonds.
Let Me Tell You
Wednesday, January 20 at 9:30 PM
In Spanish with English subtitles

Short Story fans will not want to miss our Late Night Live program, Let Me Tell You, featuring short stories by three Mexican writers, including an interview with Valentín García Márquez, whose story is about the Mexican Revolution.
Speculative Fiction Panel
Saturday, January 23 at 2:00 PM

Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, magical realism, ghost stories, fairly tales and more. Writers Coatl S, Kat Falls, and David Dykes will discuss the appeal and relevance of this type of writing and the importance of enticing readers to suspend disbelief. The panel will interest both writers and readers of speculative fiction.
Workshops for Writers

Our January workshops for writers include these topics: Memoir As an Act of Discovery; Creating Speculative Fiction; Book Proposal Master Class; and How to Edit What You Write.

Our Fun Networking Features

Following each keynote speaker, we invite you to “come up onto the stage” for informal personal interactions with the author. Or, you are also welcome to socialize with other attendees in “the line for the bathroom.”
(Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series, will appear again for a keynote event on February 13.)

For full Information and Tickets:
Seven Reasons to Hear Yuri Herrera
A Literary Season Online starts with great enthusiasm in 2021. In addition to the literary workshops, events, and individual consultations, this month we have the surprise of an interview, accompanied by questions and answers, between award-winning Mexican writer Yuri Herrera and Armida Zepeda, Spanish Conference Director of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference and its Literary Season Online. Yuri Herrera is an internationally recognized contemporary writer who teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans. His prose has been described as “shocking” and as an entrance to “the golden gate of Mexican literature” by Elena Poniatowska. His first book published in English, Signs Preceding the End of the World, received a critically acclaimed review in 2015 and was included in many “best of the year” lists.
Una Temporada Literaria en Línea
Conectándonos con el mundo de la escritura
Sesión de enero
La novela como filtro de la realidad: más allá del relato
Anatomía Alíen: Bestiario de Ciencia Ficción
Siete razones para escuchar Yuri Herrera
Una Temporada Literaria en Línea arranca con gran entusiasmo el 2021. Además de los talleres literarios, los eventos y las consultas individuales, este mes tenemos la sorpresa de una entrevista, acompañada con preguntas y respuestas, entre el galardonado escritor mexicano Yuri Herrera y Armida Zepeda, directora de Festival de Escritores en San Miguel y su Temporada Literaria en Línea. Yuri Herrera es un reconocido escritor contemporáneo que enseña en la Universidad de Tulane en Nueva Orleans. Su prosa ha sido descrita como “impactante” y como una entrada a “el dorado portón de la literatura mexicana” por Elena Poniatowska. Su primer libro publicado en inglés, Signs Preceding the End of the World (Señales que precederán al fin del mundo), recibió una aclamada crítica en 2015 y fue incluido en muchas listas de “lo mejor del año”.
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