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The ChacaLit committee is delighted to announce the writers who will be attending the Residency. They will have the opportunity to dedicate moments of tranquility to their art form as the committee will provide room and board for them. The writers will also be giving workshops in the local schools and we look forward to a concert and reading event. 

Patricia Chavez / Journalist, Reforma Newspaper CDMX

Frydha Victoria / Poet, Winner of Trapichillo, Tepic, NAY

Amanda Tovalin / Musician and Songwriter, CDMX


Look out for the following events:

Public Fundraiser Concert & Reading

Thursday 6th December, Casa Cusi Rooftop (Chac Mool) 5.30pm 


Chacala Schools Literary Kermés

Friday 7th December, Plaza, 12-2pm


Book Club Christmas Party for members of local book club members - 

Wednesday 12th December Chac Mool 5.30pm


Videos of the last few ChacaLit Residencies:

ChacaLit Festival will take place in Chacala, on the Riviera Nayarit, with workshops spreading to surrounding rural towns and the Residence Program will be based in the private development of Marina Chacala next to the bay of Chacalilla.



A celebration of literature, books & storytelling in the up-and-coming beach town, Chacala, Nayarit, on the Pacific Coast of Mexico.


Kids workshops & public readings will run throughout the year for local people. The Writers Residency runs the first two weeks of December.



Published authors in different genres and from different backgrounds are invited to spend time on their writing and engage with community and visitors.


The main aims of ChacaLit are to promote literacy and the love of books across our community and to establish Chacala as a base for creative people of many disciplines & diverse backgrounds, with a particular focus on writers.



ChacaLit relies on the dedication of volunteers with a passion for Chacala and for literature. Fundraising activities go on throughout the year and local businesses support this project that is putting Chacala on the map.



Chacala is a community of readers. To support and develop this noble pass-time, the ChacaLit committee has decided to encourage independent book clubs to meet and discuss the same book across the community. From snow bird retirees to Mexican professionals who work in Chacala, we intend to create lots of short meets to discuss a different book each year. Our preference will be for Mexican authors, available in translation and preferably for electronic readers as well. After all, we are 50km from our nearest bookshop!

Join the book club by buying the book, reading it and organizing a meeting to discuss it! Whether in English, Spanish (or any of the other translations) and share your book club with us. Spread the love of reading!


Are you coming to the Guadalajara book fair this year? Are you interested in a break at the beach after all the madness is over? We've designed the perfect package so that publishing industry professionals can come to Chacala and stay in calm, beautiful surroundings for a great price and have time to let their experience at the FIL sink in and perhaps deepen the acquaintances they have made during their time in Guadalajara.

Our destination is a small fishing village with a clean, sandy & mellow beach. With a population of about 400 and no big hotels, it is the perfect place to become re-inspired. 


ChacaLit is a program intended to spread the love of books and reading. It also provides opportunity for budding writers to present their work to diverse audiences. In its first edition, ChacaLit introduced Duncan Tonatiuh to the students of Colegio Patria, in Las Varas and to the children of El Jardin Montessori in Chacala Nayarit to give a talk about his prize winning picture books. It also provided a stage for the children of “Advanced English Class”, in El Jardin Montessori to deploy their work. This project will continue supporting reading and writing programs all year. 

Emilia Robinson

ChacaLit Chair

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