Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference 2013

Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference - February 22-24, 2013 … What is holding you back from becoming the kind of writer you’ve always imagined you can be?

… Having trouble releasing the creative muse you know is lurking without

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This then is the  place to come because the theme for the 2013 Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference is “Writers Unleashed.”

Learn from an amazing group of writers and journalists who have defined success in many different ways—from becoming a New York Times best selling author to new writers on the world literary scene making a name for themselves. One on one, in a seminar or workshop, the lineup of presenters for the Eighth Annual Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference will set your mind on fire.

Travel in Mexico IS safe, just ask a Canadian who has been coming to Mexico since 1970. http://www.pvguide.org/blog/canadian-perceptions-of-mexico/
Puerto Vallarta is known the world around for it’s Mexican Hospitality, and the Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference is the best bargain you will find.

Here is the essential information you need to know:
Theme: “Writers Unleashed”
Dates: 22-24 February 2013
Location: Biblioteca Los Mangos, Avenida Francisco Villa 1001, Esq., Circunvalación del Róbalo, 48310 Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
Format: Workshops, seminars & panel discussions on the craft and art of writing.

Special Features & Events:
Friday afternoon—Registration, workshops & pitch sessions.
Friday evening—Keynote Speaker, David Lyons, cocktail reception afterward.
Saturday, all day—Registration, seminars and panel discussions.
Sunday morning—workshops and closing panel discussion.
Sunday afternoon—Book Fair and Entertainment on Library Lawn. Conference attendees are encouraged to bring books to sell.

For the Complete Schedule, click here.

Cost for attendance is $150 U.S. or 2000 pesos.

Seating for speakers and workshops is limited so early registration will guarantee your participation.

Registrants will receive further e-mails to indicate workshop choices. Again, attendance will be limited so an early reply will guarantee your preferences.

Payments can be given to Judith St. Gaudens or, for those who are not here in Puerto Vallarta, by direct deposit or PayPal. Please note: Using PayPal will cost an additional $5 in fees.


This year’s theme is ‘Writers Unleashed’ and presenters will include…


David Lyons

David Lyons

David Lyons was born in London, England and educated in the U.S., the Far East, and Europe. No doubt his peripatetic childhood influenced his first career choice. He became a lawyer, specializing in international law, globe-trotting and earning frequent flyer miles in great quantities. His first career flowed into the second rather naturally. Spending so much time on international flights and in quiet hotel rooms in foreign countries, David did a lot of reading. Then to pass the time, he tried writing. After years, David’s avocation became his vocation. His journey has been—and is with each new day—fascinating. His latest novel is the thriller, Ice Fire.
Please visit David’s website: http://www.davidlyonsauthor.com/


Beth Groundwater

Beth Groundwater

Bestselling mystery author Beth Groundwater writes the Claire Hanover gift basket designer series (A Real Basket Case, a Best First Novel Agatha Award finalist, and To Hell in a Handbasket) and the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Adventures series starring whitewater river ranger Mandy Tanner (Deadly Currents, an Amazon bestseller, and Wicked Eddies). The third books in both series will appear in 2013. Beth enjoys Colorado’s many outdoor activities, including skiing and whitewater rafting, and loves talking to book clubs.
Please visit Beth’s website: http://bethgroundwater.com

James Callan

James Callan

James Callan has written a monthly column for a national magazine, has been published in several anthologies, has two published non-fiction books and a mystery which was published in paperback and in audio.
He and one of his daughters, Diane, wrote a mystery together, Murder a Cappella.
Jim’s newest non-fiction book is about Character Development.
Please visit his website here: http://www.jamesrcallan.com/

Jinx Schwartz

Jinx Schwartz

Jinx Schwartz is the award-winning author of the Hetta Coffey series. Raised in the jungles of Haiti and Thailand, with returns to Texas in-between, Jinx followed in her father’s steel-toed footsteps into the construction and engineering industry in hopes of building dams. Finding all the good rivers taken, she “traveled the world defacing other landscapes with mega-projects in Alaska, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Mexico.” She writes from her boat in the Sea of Cortez.

Tierra Mar

Tierra Mar

Tierra Mar has worked as a professional writer, ghost writer and editor. Following some amazing trips to Costa Rica, Brazil, and most recently, Suriname she became increasingly enamored of the awesome power of rainforest healing herbs. Her first ABC book on Natural Healing reflects that study. Now living in Puerto Vallarta she is devoting herself more to writing and has just begun her very own publishing company, Wide Eyed Publications. Terra will lead a workshop on “Dusting off the Muse.”

Billie Johnson

Billie Johnson

Billie Johnson, publisher of Oak Tree Press, spent 20+ years in corporate America before launching the book company in 1998. To date, OTP has published more than 150 books in paper, and 175 in digital formats, most of which are still in print. OTP’s catalog lists mysteries, crime fiction, true crime, romance, paranormal and westerns. Johnson and Oak Tree Press are located in Central Illinois, near Springfield where those rare leisure-time moments are spent gardening and seeing to the contentment of her beloved cat, Frida Khalo. Billie will be open to pitch sessions at this year’s conference from authors with finished manuscripts in the genres OTP publishes.



This will be the second year we are fortunate to have an agent in attendance. Susie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media will be holding private sessions for those who have books to pitch. She will also be giving sessions on Finding an Agent and What do Agents Look For in a Query Letter? Please read her bio. Here: http://newleafliterary.com/




Gina Lopez - Ginger Tindall

Gina Lopez – Ginger Tindall

Gina Lopez and Ginger Tindall, two of Vallarta’s most avid and eclectic readers, will moderate a 90-minute gab-fest on books beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. This special presentation, “THE VOICES YOU LIKE TO HEAR ON THE PAGE,” is an opportunity for readers and writers to share their opinions about famous books and authors.

Special features and Events Open to the Public:

Writers Conferences are for readers as well as writers and the 8th annual Puerto Vallarta Writers Conference and Book Fair offers an opportunity to talk about books with the people who write them.

Readers as well as writers are invited to participate in a discussion of books, authors and good writing, hear Puerto Vallarta’s literary success David Lyons tell of his transformation from globe-trotting lawyer to big-publisher thriller novelist and enjoy a further opportunity to mingle with authors at the book fair.

Ginger Tindall and Gina Lopez will moderate the 90-minute gab-fest on books beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22. “Bring your reading glasses,” Tindall says. “There will be surprises. We are going to present a lot of authors in an interactive, fun setting.”

David Lyons talk will come afterward at 7 p.m.

Cost to the Public for these two events is 250 pesos to be paid at the door. Proceeds go to finance the library. A cash-bar reception with hors d’oeuvres after the talk will provide further opportunities to mingle and chat with the writers.

The book fair, beginning at noon Sunday, Feb. 24 on the library grounds, is also open to all and is free. It will feature book signings and sales by conference and community writers, author readings, entertainment and food from such local vendors as Leonardo’s Tacos, Juanita’s Tamales, and Letitia’s Churros.

Puerto Vallarta … A Feast for the Senses!

Puerto Vallarta is a multifaceted destination magnet for visitors from around the world, renowned for miles of walk able sun-drenched beaches, the stunning beauty of the crystalline Bay of Banderas, lush vegetation, genuinely friendly and accommodating locals and a unique Malecon—alive with fanciful sculptures, colorful vendors and engaging entertainment.

Puerto Vallarta Central Square

Puerto Vallarta Central Square

A favorite of travelers in-the-know, Vallarta is an epicurean’s delight, hosting an annual gourmet festival and featuring over 300 eateries that offer options for all budgets and tastes, from candlelit dinners on the beach to award-winning international restaurants; from fish-on-a-stick under a palapa to family-owned taco stands on the street. Whatever the hour of the day, the hungry are but a few steps from a delectable treat.

Los Arcos

Los Arcos

With its wonderful array of galleries, art walks and an international film festival, Vallarta is also a mecca for lovers of the arts, as well as savvy shoppers, who can while away the hours in search of special treasures at local jewelry stores, eclectic clothing boutiques, and furniture/accessory shops filled with contemporary and traditional Mexican designs.

A Beach near Puerto Vallarta

A Beach near Puerto Vallarta

In addition to an ideal climate and abundance of breath-taking natural resources, Vallarta offers a host of exhilarating adventures from dancing in a sizzling night club, attending a live theater production or orchestra performance, visiting the zoo or botanical garden to riding the banana boat, taking a Spanish or cooking class, parasailing, horseback riding, zip-lining through the jungle, or enjoying a cruise to a neighboring island, to name but a few!

Church of Virgin of Guadalupe

Church of Virgin of Guadalupe

The sky is the limit in this world-class resort, where modern amenities combine with quaint cobblestone streets, and the warm, welcoming hospitality and culture of Vallarta’s locals is the best souvenir of all. From the first glimpse of the sun peeking over the mountaintops, to the grand finale at dusk, when the skies erupt into a magical palette of pastels, Puerto Vallarta is a feast for the senses.

Puerto Vallarta Safety Endorsement.  U.S. Department’s Travel Warning to Mexico does not include the city of Puerto Vallartahttp://visitpuertovallarta.com/news/2012/02/puerto-vallarta-is-not-included-in-expanded-travel-warning-to-mexico/

Puerto Vallarta from a Canadian visitor  http://www.pvguide.org/blog/canadian-perceptions-of-mexico/

Comments from Previous Conferences  Betty Isenhour: “I am looking forward to coming this year. I enjoyed the 2012 workshops and the people that I met.”

Maria Ruiz The conference in 2011 gave me the tools to write, submit and have stories published in three national magazines.

Jane Alabaster  Testimonial

I have been fortunate enough to attend both the 2011 and 2012 PVWG conferences held at the lovely Los Mangos Library, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Both conferences were instructive and have both fired and inspired me as a writer. My blog on word press under pen name Charlotte Ortega is a direct result of skills derived from the conference.

I would recommend attending for all aspiring and established writers and authors. There are opportunities to meet with agents face to face and presenters are friendly, knowledgeable and available. Puerto Vallarta provides a perfect accessible location to learn in the sun when most other parts of North America are freezing their buns off!

Co-sponsor and Site of 2013 PV Writers Conference

Biblioteca Los Mangos
Av Francisco Villa 1001

Biblioteca Los Mangos

Biblioteca Los Mangos

The 2013 PV Writers Conference will be held at the Biblioteca Los Mangos, Puerto Vallarta’s bustling main library, which is located just a few miles from the main hub. Easily accessible from El Centro as well as the North and South sides of town, the historic Los Mangos is a popular icon of the city, often serving as host to a variety of special events, exhibits and concerts. With its bright spacious salas (rooms), diverse selection of English and Spanish books, modern decor and welcoming outdoor courtyards, it is the ideal venue for the ’10 conference.

Located on the local bus line, (or easily reached via a short taxi ride), Los Mangos also offers the convenience of several nearby eateries (a list of which will be provided at registration).

Puerto Vallarta Information websites:

Beachfront hotels easily accessible to Library by taxi or bus:

  • Buenaventura Grand Hotel (Downtown)
  • Canto del Sol Beach & Tennis Resort (Hotel Zone)
  • Hotel Rosita (Downtown)
    Email: Sales@hotelrosita.com
  • Sheraton Buganvilias Resort & Convention Center (Hotel Zone)
    1-800-942-6155 (from U.S.)

Boutique Hotels and Inns:


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