2017   (PDF of Appearances)

“Sergio Troncoso has dedicated his life to creating a positive learning environment through reading and making a difference in people’s lives. His presentation at Ysleta Middle School was an enthusiastic inspiration to parents, teachers, and most of all students who are growing up in struggling neighborhoods as did Mr. Troncoso. This presentation set the foundation to encourage multiculturalism and academic excellence in schools, and promoted literacy. Mr. Troncoso is a role model for bilingual communities. His life stories gained the respect of everyone in attendance, infusing his audience with tremendous motivation and instilling in them an appetite for the joys of learning through literacy. His passion for literacy, literature, and bilingualism was empowering!”
Melissa A. Jordan, Communities in Schools Program Coordinator, Ysleta Middle School, El Paso, Texas

Sergio Troncoso is a sought-after speaker at high schools, colleges, and universities across the nation. To schedule a reading or appearance, or to arrange a talk with your book club or school group, contact him at SergioTroncoso@gmail.com.

“Sergio Troncoso reads with humor, dramatic flair, and such genuine sincerity that the audience cannot help but be deeply engaged and moved. His fiction and nonfiction defy easy stereotypes or expectations and should appeal to anyone interested in what it means to be an American, what it means to be a father, husband, daughter, sister, brother, or son. Sergio and his writing speak to life in the borderlands between Mexico and the United States, female and male, parent and child, healthy and ill in ways that are at once enlightening, provocative, stirring, and satisfying. His warmth and intelligence make everyone feel included in the conversation.”
Eileen Pollack, author of The Only Woman in the Room, and professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

“I am happy to have taken Sergio Troncoso’s workshop as I connected with him and learned more in a ‘one on one session’ than any book on writing could ever have taught me.”
---Desiree Willmes, 2016 Nonfiction Workshop, Yale Writers’ Conference

“This past June, I was honored to attend Session I of the 2016 Yale Writers’ Conference, where I studied Creative Nonfiction for ten days under the guidance of Sergio Troncoso. The experience I had resonates with me to this day. I entered the Conference as a recent college graduate, knowing only that I loved to write; I emerged with a radically altered perspective as to how I could cultivate that long-held passion into a life, education and career. Working with Sergio was an incredible experience, and he has remained an invaluable mentor and source of inspiration. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide through unfamiliar writing territory, nor could I have asked for better classmates to work with along the way. I highly recommend this experience to anyone and everyone with a love for the craft.”
---Beverley Catlett, 2016 Nonfiction Workshop, Yale Writers’ Conference

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November 18, 2017---Loretto Academy, 1300 Hardaway Street, El Paso, TX.

December 14, 2017, 4:00 PM--Troncoso Reading Prizes, Sergio Troncoso Branch Library, 9321 Alameda Avenue, El Paso, TX.

“Amazing to witness--and it was all for me: Sergio elevating my essay to a higher level through his extensive written critique as well as speaking with me in our conference where, collaborating with me, he discovered even more ways to go deeper and richer. I have yet to find an instructor so generous with his time, with such top-tier intelligence, talent and guidance, and who is so dedicated and ambitious for his students. His edits and critique include important aspects such as improved sequencing, plot and clarity, as well as how to explore and enrich character, and to find or expand meaning. His availability to his students is unsurpassed in my book. He truly cares that his students aim and go high. Sergio is excellence across the board.”
Katherine Samon, 2017 Nonfiction Workshop, Yale Writers’ Conference

“I just completed a two-week workshop with Sergio Troncoso as part of the 2017 Yale Writers’ Conference, and the experience was life-changing. Sergio's dedication to teaching and the craft of writing is unparalleled. He makes himself available to all of his students, in whatever capacity they need him. Whether I had questions about my manuscript, the business, MFA advice, or any number of random inquiries, Sergio was always available to discuss. He has a wealth of knowledge and happy to share it all with his students. His patience is like nothing I have ever experienced before in a teacher. Sergio is one of those teachers that makes you aspire to be a better writer, and a better person. I would take another class with him in a heartbeat.”
Rachael McGann, 2017 Nonfiction Workshop, Yale Writers’ Conference


January 21, 2018, 4:30 PM---Reading with Lisa Page, Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY.

March 10, 2018, 1:30 PM-2:45 PM---Panel (S226) on “We Wear the Mask: Fifteen True Stories of Passing in America,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Room 18 & 19, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor Tampa, FL.

April 6-7, 2018---Texas Institute of Letters, Annual Banquet, Menger Hotel and La Villita, San Antonio, TX.

April 14, 2018---CityLit Festival, University of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD.

June 2-7, 2018---Fiction workshop, Yale Writers’ Workshop, New Haven, CT.

June 16, 2017---Henderson Middle School, 5505 Robert Alva Avenue, El Paso, TX.

June 19-23, 2017---George Caleb Bingham Academy, Writing Program, Independence, MO.

July 11-August 15, 2017 (Six Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 PM)---Fiction workshop, Hudson Valley Writers’ Center, 300 Riverside Drive, Sleepy Hollow, NY.