Mark Saunders, author of Nobody Knows the Spanish I Speak, a humorous memoir about dropping out and moving to San Miguel de Allende, presented a humor workshop for writers, titled “Oedipus and Hamlet Walk into a Bar,” at the popular San Miguel Writers Conference in February.  He was joined by keynote speakers/writers Cheryl Strayed (Wild) and Luis Alberto Urrea, pictured at left.

“If you do not know the writer Luis Alberto Urrea,” Saunders declares in a recent Fuze blog post, “I urge you to check him out. He gave the best keynote address I’ve ever watched or listened to. He didn’t just knock it out of the park; he knocked it out of several parks. With great animation, he told funny and intimate stories about his parents, his loving but idiosyncratic aunts, and what it was like growing up first in Tijuana and then later in San Diego. Some of these family members and stories ended up in his novels. You might want to start with his novel Into the Beautiful North, which was selected as the Big Read book here in San Miguel this year. Coincidentally, the National Endowment for the Arts in the USA picked it as one of their Big Read books, as well (ahem, we picked it first).”

In addition to Saunders’ blog post, he also included gorgeous pictures of the conference, all taken by professional photographer Charlotte Bell.  To view more conference photos, especially of the Mexican Fiesta, pictured above, which Saunders calls, “the best party, bar none and hands down, I’ve ever attended,” go to

If you want a free pdf copy of Mark Saunders’ workshop workbook, please email him at:

Read Mark’s entire blog post on the Fuze blog.

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