Cheryl Strayed

Keynote Talk: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013; 6:00pm, Hotel Real de Minas.

All Speaker Events are bilingual, included in Conference Packages, and available for Single Ticket purchase. NOTE: Packages & Tickets available Sept. 15, 2012.

Writing From the Wild Place
In this lecture Strayed will discuss the importance of fearlessly trusting the impulse to write the stories one most wildly wants to tell, whether they be in the form of fiction, nonfiction or poetry. Strayed will talk about her own experiences in learning how to write fearlessly and she’ll discuss the art and craft of expressing the most wild parts of us on the page.

San Miguel Writers' Conference - Cheryl StrayedCheryl Strayed is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the memoir Wild (Alfred A. Knopf), the advice essay collection Tiny Beautiful Things (Vintage Books), and the novel Torch (Houghton Mifflin).

Wild will also be published in Brazil, Finland, Germany, Spain, China, the Netherlands, Korea, Sweden, Israel, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Denmark, France, Poland, Norway and Italy.


San Miguel Writers' Conference 2013 - Cheryl Strayed

Wild was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.

It has been optioned for film by Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Pacific Standard.

IndieBound selected Wild as their #1 Indie Next pick for April, Barnes and Noble named it a “Discover Great New Writers” pick on their Summer 2012 list, and Amazon named it a “best of March” pick.

San Miguel Writers' Conference 2013 - Cheryl StrayedStrayed’s debut novel, Torch was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book Award and was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten books of the year by writers from the Pacific Northwest. Strayed has written the “Dear Sugar” column on since March 2010.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Allure, Self, The Missouri Review, Brain, Child, Creative Nonfiction, The Sun and elsewhere.


San Miguel Writers' Conference 2013 - Cheryl strayedThe winner of a Pushcart Prize as well as fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, her essays and stories have been published in THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS, THE BEST NEW AMERICAN VOICES, and other anthologies. She holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She’s a founding member of VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, and serves on their board of directors. Raised in Minnesota, Strayed now lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, the filmmaker Brian Lindstrom, and their two children.