My friends and I are setting off this morning on our magic carpet ride to the San Miguel Writers’ Conference. We fly first to Mexico City, and will then travel by car to our final destination. It will be cooler there than in Merida and we’ve packed the warmest clothes we own. But from past years’ experience, we know that the welcome will be warm.
The San Miguel Writers’ Conference is a gathering of generous professional writers and eager new ones. It is a bilingual event, which I enjoy greatly. At the past conferences I have attended, the organizers did a great job of mixing talent, culture, light-hearted fun and serious learning… and I look forward to more of the same this time round.
We are excited to be taking our analogy of short stories to the conference. Our Yucatan will have a place in the Conference Bookstore and my own book Magic Made in Mexico will be for sale at my publisher’s booth.
All of us will read at the open mic session and will have the chance to meet up with old
friends and get to know new ones. I am particularly looking forward to meeting Shannon, a blogger from my home town who lives in San Miguel. The two of us grew up about a 10 minute walk away from each other’s homes. We even attended the same high school. Imagine two North Vancouver girls who had to move to Mexico to meet?
After the week-long Conference, I will travel to Mexico City and spend five days there with a group of my best female friends. We’ll be taking in some of our nation’s Capital’s finest attractions and then carrying on to Chiapas – both highland San Cristobal de las Casas and low-land Palenque. We’ll ice the cake with a final night in Campeche.
I will continue to blog while at the Conference and during my post-conference travels… so be prepared for some tales about central Mexico and La Sierra Madre over the next three weeks.