By Susan Page
The Writers’ Conference Literary Season Online is drawing to a close with a week of programs that will go down in history. And now, watch for our new series of programs beginning this spring and throughout the year! Here is our exciting March lineup.
Simon Winchester rose to fame with his book, The Professor and the Madman, about the astonishing origins of the Oxford English Dictionary. The success of that book unleashed passions in Winchester to write 11 other remarkable stories, including his most recent: “Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World.” Sun, Mar 7, 6pm.
Jorge Hernández and Margo Glantz
A much beloved literary figure in Mexico, Jorge Hernández was active in the early days of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference and we are thrilled to welcome him back. He is the author of more than a dozen books and the recipient of several of Mexico’s prestigious literary prizes.
Novelist and journalist Margo Glantz has won numerous literary prizes and has held influential literary positions in several countries. She was the Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of Mexico in London and has been a visiting professor in Universities like Harvard, Berlin, Berkeley, Princeton and Yale, among others.
This event is a rare opportunity to become acquainted with two of Mexico’s most celebrated writers on the topic, “The Mexican Tradition in Literature.” Sat, Mar 13, 6pm.
Prolific Canadian writer Emma Donoghue may be best known for her runaway bestseller, Room, which was shortlisted for both the Man Booker and the Orange Prizes, has sold over two million copies and was made into a popular movie. Her most recent historical novel, The Pull of the Stars, takes place during the great flu pandemic of 1918 and became an instant New York Times bestseller. Sun, Mar 14, 6pm.
The Honorable Graeme Clark
The San Miguel Writers’ Conference is a historic literary collaboration with Mexico, Canada and the U.S. In recognition of the value and significance of this relationship, Canada’s ambassador to Mexico, the Honorable Graeme Clark, will greet us personally at the beginning of Emma Donoghue’s presentation. Sun, Mar 14, 6pm.
Book Club Boot Camp
Is your book group using your gatherings in the most productive way? Might you be overlooking techniques that would add substance to your discussions? Susan Page will present some ideas for better book group meetings, followed by a live Q and A where you can share your own ideas. Sun, Mar 7, 2pm.
A Literary Season Soirée: Faculty Showcase
In a rousing finale to our stellar Literary Season, we will feature some of the Literary Season’s popular writers and celebrate the success of this virtual season! The party will be hosted by Judyth Hill. Sat, Mar 13, 2pm.
Workshops for Writers
Our March workshops for writers include these topics: playwriting and screenwriting, fiction, personal essay, and marketing your life story.