Creative Writing & Literary English Classes in Mexico City. New Session!


Spanish button*UPDATE* The courses below have already begun, but I hope to teach a 12-session cycle in September-November 2014. Contact me if you would like to be put on a list to receive email updates.

NEW SESSION beginning in May 2014! Weeknights at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, near the “Francia” stop on the Metrobus or “Barranca del Muerto” on the metro. Full details below.

Literary English: Mondays 7:30-9:00 p.m. beginning May 5th

Creative Writing 1: Thursdays 7:00-9:00 p.m.  beginning May 8th

Creative Writing 2: Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 p.m. beginning May 6th

*Also* come check out the final reading for the current session on Wednesday, April 9th at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Bar, Celaya 25 in Condesa. You can meet me, talk with current students, and see how much fun we have!

LITERARY ENGLISH – For intermediate and advanced English language learners.

Develop your English language skills through reading, speaking, and writing while learning about classic and contemporary literature and exploring your own creativity. We will read and discuss short stories and essays by North American and British authors and write short creative pieces inspired by the texts. We will occasionally use supplementary grammar lessons, though the focus will be on learning through practice. You will receive individualized attention on your oral and written grammar as well as the opportunity to practice in a group.

Details: 8 weeks from May 5th-June 23rd, Mondays 7:30-9:00 (12 class hours) at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Alvaro Obregon. MXN $1400 + purchase of food and/or drink. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your English level and why you are interested in the course!

CREATIVE WRITING 1– For native and fluent English speakers.

Explore multi-genre creative writing techniques including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and travel writing. Learn to read and discuss works of literature with an eye for craft and push the boundaries of your creativity through a range of exercises and assignments. We will also discuss revision tips and how to publish your work. This course will be tailored to the interests of the participants and you will receive individualized feedback on your writing.

Details: 8 weeks from May 8th*-June 26th, Thursdays 7:00-9:00 (16 class hours) at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Alvaro Obregon. MXN $1600 + purchase of food and/or drink. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your writing experience and goals! *Please note that the first class will meet in a different location due to a conflicting event.

CREATIVE WRITING 2 – For native and fluent English speakers who have completed Creative Writing 1 or have some creative writing experience.

For the first half of this course, we will explore multi-genre creative writing techniques through study of literary texts, readings on craft, and a range of writing prompts and assignments. The second half will be a guided workshop in which students will focus on their own writing goals and give and receive feedback on their work. The goal is to produce a revised full-length story, essay, chapter of a longer work, or small group of poems or flash prose pieces.

Details: 8 weeks from May 6th-June 24th, Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 (16 class hours) at Cafe Cultural Garko, Insurgentes Sur 1793, Alvaro Obregon. MXN $1600 + purchase of food and/or drink. To register or find out more, please contact me and let me know a bit about your writing experience and goals!

About the Teacher:

Maryann Ullmann is a writer and teacher from the United States. She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing with a certificate in Teaching Creative Writing from Chatham University where she was awarded the Whitford Fellowship. She has published a range of shorts stories, essays, articles, and poetry in publications such as The Literary Bohemian, PermafrostPrime Number, Whole Terrain, and Cultural Survival Quarterly, among othersShe also served as the Fall 2013 Out of the Forge Writer-in-Residence in Braddock, PA.

She has taught ESOL at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, the New England School of English in Cambridge, MA, and for NGOs and private clients in Mexico, Argentina, and Thailand. She has also taught creative writing and literature for both kids and adults through community programs in the U.S. such as Words Without Walls, the Literary Arts Boom, and the Pittsburgh High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA).

*Connect to others interested in English language reading & writing in Mexico via the Mexico Readers & Writers Facebook group!*

*I also offer a range of freelance services including individual or group English classes, manuscript reviews, translation, editing & proofreading, or article & copywriting.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.*

Milkweed y Monarcas: A Bilingual Literary Evening


Milkweed y Monarcas: A Bilingual Literary Evening

Wednesday, April 9th, 7:00-9:00 pm

American Legion Bar, Celaya 25, Condesa, Mexico City

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Featuring English-language poetry and prose readings by students in Creative Writing and Literary English classes, followed by a bilingual open mic.

Open Mic rules: Arrive promptly by 19:00 to sign up on the list—there will be limited slots! Poetry or prose up to 5 minutes MAXIMUM (2-3 poems, or about 600 words/2 pages of prose.)

Stop by even earlier to check out the stock of English language books at Under the Volcano Books upstairs (closes at 7).

Listen. Read. Drink. Be merry.


Una Noche Literaria Bilingüe 

Lecturas de prosa y poesía en inglés por los estudiantes de lasclases de “Escritura Creativa” e “Inglés Literario” de la Profesora M. Ullmann, seguidas de una sesión bilingüe para “Open Mic”.

Reglas para “Open Mic”: Para compartir escritos suyos. Llegue puntualmente a las 19:00hrs para inscribirse. Lista limitada. Tiempo máximo de 5 minutos para poesía o prosa (2-3 poemas o alrededor de 600 palabras /2 páginas de prosa).

Antes te invitamos a visitar el stock de libros en inglés arriba en el librería Under the Volcano Books.

Escuchar. Leer. Beber. Pasarlo bien.



Launch of The Squirrel Review


My cat, Squirrel, who is far more popular than I, is pleased to announce the launch of her new book review blog and advice column, The Squirrel ReviewPlease check it out!

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“Welcome to The Squirrel Review!

“I am a cat named Squirrel who loves books. I decided to start this highly sophisticated magazine because it is my understanding that cats are very popular on the internet, while books have been feeling neglected because they are less furry and sometimes have cold, hard covers, even though they can be extremely cuddly, warm and loving if you can get them to open up a bit. So, I’ve decided to exploit your love for me in order to steal your attention and redirect it to what I love most: books. . .”

Read more . . .

No (real) sentient beings were harmed in the writing of this story …


The new winter issue of Permafrost Magazine, 35.1, with my story “Deceptively Like Home” is now available for order online. $10 & it’s a beautiful issue! Also just realized the magazine is the same age as me, which is either really cool or really creepy. It’s based out of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, and they said they liked featuring the story of a polar bear not in Alaska. Indeed, it’s about a polar bear hitchhiking in Mexico, and the determined-for-adventure young couple that decides to give him a ride.

Deceptively Like Home:

“They were lost in some sort of salt mine field, eerily quiet, the piles of crystals stacked around still pools of water reflecting the milky blue morning sky. Glen had idled their open air Jeep Wrangler, and he and Audrey were now discussing what to do about the polar bear fifty or so yards down the salt dust road. The bear had walked into the middle and sat on his back haunches, camouflaged like it were an arctic desert. He kept his black nose pointed at them for a while, then looked down at his left paw and began to lick and bit at it, like there was something stuck there. Or something hurt…” Read the story…

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