The Writers Workshop: San Miguel

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico has been a writers' colony for decades. It draws writers—professional and aspiring—to its beauty and charm and sense of community. And it brings out the best in them, and in their writing. What better place to learn and grow as a writer?

You Want to Write...But

...you must have started that piece a dozen times and now you just don't know what to do with it.
...everyone you've talked to says it's just impossible to get published these days.
...what you secretly know is you don't have the slightest idea how to begin.

We're Here to Help You

The Writers Workshop: San Miguel is the only year-round English-language creative writing school in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico. Throughout the year, we offer various classes in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction writing. We teach you how to get started and how to keep going. We teach you how to hone your craft. We teach you how to break in, how to market your writing.

We're professionals

"Writing," without understanding the principles of craft, and without understanding that successful writers go through
many, many sessions of re-write, editing, and polish, is not writing-
it's typing.

All of our instructors are professional writers. That means we write for publication, and we get paid for it. But that's not enough. Sometimes a really good writer doesn't make a really good writing coach. Instructors with The Writers Workshop: San Miguel also have to have a proven track-record of effective teaching. Some of us have taught writing at the university level, designed and lead creative writing workshops and served as faculty at creative writing conferences in more than one country. We take our roles seriously, and we'll give you expert guidance.

Meet Our Instructors

Eva Hunter, writing instructor, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Eva Hunter

Founder and lead instructor for
The Writers Workshop:
San Miguel.

Eva Hunter

Eva Hunter is an award-winning writer who has published professionally for over 20 years. Her area of specialization is short and long literary nonfiction, but she also writes literary fiction. She has taught creative writing as faculty at Portland State University, at the Art Museum School of Portland, and privately in both the United States and Mexico. A popular writing conference speaker, she is co-founder of the Portland, Oregon based Connexus, The Writer's School, and The Writer's Workshop: San Miguel in Mexico.

Eva's writing credentials include The New York Times Magazine, Redbook, Quii, The Quarterly, Northwest Magazine, Oregon Magazine, Portland State Magazine and many others. Her most recent publications are the literary nonfiction book, Lord of the Dolls: Voyage In Xochimilco, and the short story, "Iris Wanted to be A Movie Star: The Kind That Sings and Dances, Too," which was included in the anthology, Solamente En San Miguel.

Although Eva's writing background includes teaching feature writing for magazines and newspapers, fiction, nonfiction and literary nonfiction, she has currently incorporated all her teaching genres into two workshops that she teaches throughout the year in San Miguel de Allende. They are "Beginnings, Endings, and Everything Between," and "Style Workshop for Prose." She is also available for private consultation, book-doctoring, and editing.

For more information, contact Eva Hunter at evamhunter@gmail.com.

Donna Meyer, novelist, journalist, freelance writer and webmaster. Writing instructor, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Donna Meyer

Novelist, journalist, freelance writer.
Writing instructor and motivator in San Miguel de Allende.

Donna Meyer

Donna Meyer has been writing professionally since 1979. She has published nearly a dozen romance novels (under the pseudonym Megan Daniel) and dozens of newspaper and magazine articles, particularly travel articles. Her non-fiction work has appeared in Diversion Magazine, Travel & Leisure, Country Inns Bed & Breakfast, The Walking Magazine, Modern Maturity, Travel News and other publications.

Donna helped create the "First Saturday" writing workshops for Romantic Times in New York City and was a co-leader of Lawrence Block's powerful "Write For Your Life" motivational seminar for writers, held in cities all over the United States. She has worked as a first reader of genre fiction manuscripts for several New York publishing houses. Donna is also an expert and experienced editor. She was an Associate Editor at Country Inns Bed & Breakfast. In San Miguel, she was editor of Atencíon San Miguel.

Donna's special expertise as a writing instructor is in travel writing, writing for the Web, and motivating writers to keep going, keep dreaming and produce work they never knew they were capable of.

About Our Workshops

All our workshops are designed to help the writer take his or her work to completion. They are appropriate for both beginners and advanced writers. Full manuscripts or new projects may be worked on in these classes.

The workshop focuses on the principles of craft that separate the “wanna-be” writer from the professional—things you will seldom learn in other venues. From organization to self-editing, you’ll learn what it takes to make your writing the very best it can be. The instructor’s emphasis is on helping each writer write to a level for professional publication, in any or several of the prose genres.

Tuition for all eight-session workshops is US $325.00 or peso equivalent. Places in the workshops will be held only with advance payment in full. A maximum of six writers may be enrolled in each workshop, unless otherwise determined by the instructor. As these workshops are popular, early enrollment is suggested. If you would like more information, please write to evamhunter@gmail.com.

Personal Consultations and Email Coaching

Eva Hunter works with a limited number of students on a personal consultation level. This may be local or through an email approach. In the latter case, the client and Eva set up what works best—email submissions, phone calls, and usually a combination of both. The charge is US $75.00 per hour, although long-term projects may be charged on a different scale, at the instructor’s discretion.

Eva will also review manuscripts at a cost of US $75.00 per 10,000 words. The average word-length for a book is 80,000 words.

Line-editing of completed manuscripts is available. Please contact Eva Hunter at writingcoach.editor@gmail.com.

Workshops with
Eva Hunter
Summer 2011 - Fall 2011

Style Workshop
for Prose

A workshop for both fiction and non-fiction writers

Ever wonder why you've started that novel or memoir numerous times, but got stuck one-third of the way in? This workshop will teach you what it takes to write your project all the way through, as well as the elements of craft that professional writers use.
Beginners to Intermediate writers.

June 6 through June 23
Mondays and Thursday
1 pm-5 pm
NOTE: This is the ONLY workshop
that meets in the afternoons

July 5 through July 29
Tuesdays and Fridays
9 am -1 pm

September 9 through September 27
Tuesdays and Fridays
9 am - 1 pm

US$395 or peso equivalent.
U.S. checks accepted.
Limited to 6 people.
Advance registration required through tuition payment.

Beginnings, Endings and Everything Between
A workshop for both fiction and
non-fiction writers

How to start, how to end, and how to build the middle of your writing project. Organization, self-editing, and polish; Also, each session includes a special lecture period on the principles of craft in writing. Beginners to Intermediate writers.

August 5 through August 23
Tuesdays and Fridays
9 am -1 pm

October 2 through October 25
Tuesdays and Fridays
9 am -1 pm

US$395 or peso equivalent.
U.S. checks accepted.
Limited to 6 people.
Advance registration required through tuition payment

November Invitational Workshops
For intermediate or advanced students by invitation. Dates and other details to be announced.

Various one-day or two-day workshops will be offered throughout the season.
Topics often include: Breaking Into Writing. Writing for Magazines and Newspapers. So You Want to Write. Queries, Proposals, and Formats.

For more information about Eva Hunter and Writers' Workshop: San Miguel, visit our Professional Writing Coach blog. To register for these workshops contact: writingcoach.editor@gmail.com

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