Letting the Monsters Loose: A Fiction Workshop (All Levels - Weekend) - Demetria Martinez
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.
Demetria Martinez is an author, activist, journalist and writing coach. A resident of Albuquerque, New Mexico, she earned her B.A. at Princeton University in Public and International Affairs.
In 2013 her novella, The Block Captain’s Daughter, won the International Latino Book Award for best Latino-focused fiction. The book also won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. In 2011, she was honored with the Luis Leal Award for Distinction in Chicano/Latino Literature. Her autobiographical essays, Confessions of a Berlitz-Tape Chicana (U. of Oklahoma Press), won the 2006 International Latino Book Award in the category of best biography.
Her widely translated novel, Mother Tongue (Ballantine), winner of a Western States Book Award for Fiction, is based in part upon Martinez’s 1988 trial for conspiracy against the United States government in connection with allegedly transporting Salvadoran refugees into the country, a charge that with others carried a 25-year prison sentence. A religion reporter at the time covering the faith-based Sanctuary Movement, she was found not guilty on First Amendment grounds.
Her books of poetry include Breathing Between The Lines and The Devil’s Workshop (The U. of Arizona Press). She also co-authored a bilingual children’s book, Grandpa’s Magic Tortilla, with Rosalee Montoya (U. of New Mexico Press), which received the Young Reader’s Book Award in 2011 from New Mexico Book Awards. The Block Captain’s Daughter was released in 2012 by the U. of Oklahoma Press.