Readings & Workshops by Demetria Martinez


For over 25 years, I have been reading and discussing my work at universities and other venues around the country including Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Parsons the New School for Design in New York. Sponsoring departments have included Latino studies, border studies, creative writing, and women’s studies.

I’ve also given presentations at the American History Museum (Smithsonian Institution), high schools, churches, political events and retreats. I’ve read at conferences in El Salvador, Spain, Nicaragua and Mexico. My readings are generally followed by a lively discussion from the audience. I have found that audiences are especially curious about the creative process and about writing as resistance to injustice.

Demetria, winner of an
American Book Award 2013

Demetria with Dolores Huerta,
reading/fundraiser for Huerta Foundation


I offer both a fiction and a creativity workshop in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I’m also available to teach outside New Mexico. Workshops are:

Turning Our Monsters Loose (a fiction workshop)
Stephen King once wrote, “I try to create sympathy for my characters then turn the monsters loose.”  Even though we will not be writing horror stories, we will be exploring the interior life of our characters, the demons as well as the angels. Both are essential. Characterization is one of the most—if not the most—important skills for an emerging writer. In this workshop we will learn techniques to uncover what your characters struggle with in silence, as well as what they disclose to the outside world. You will be surprised and inspired by what they reveal. “Turning Our Monsters Loose” is for beginning fiction writers.

Rescuing That Manuscript From Your Drawer (a creativity workshop)
You have procrastinated and have lost touch with the passion that drove you to write in the first place. You put off getting back on the wagon and on course. In this workshop we will learn tricks of the trade that turn writing into an addiction. I will introduce the Kaizen method that allows us to “rewire” the part of the brain which generates feelings of fear. By the end of this workshop, you will be ready to design a writer’s life that works for you and brings a lifetime of productivity.

To inquire about readings and workshops, contact me at

"Demetria Martinez is one of those rare poetic voices in which history, experience and talent combine to produce the richness of something new. When she gives a reading, audiences are mesmerized.

      Margaret Randall, author of Ruins and The Rhizome as a Field of Broken Bones."

Interview with ForeWord Reviews (read...)

Demetria Martinez
— Author, Activist, Creativity Coach —
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