First ever! Lettering Journey Workshop

Based on the book, join us Saturday, September 21 in Washington, DC where the journey began.

Learn more and register here

Level Up Your Lettering Workshops

Get the in-person attention and experience you are looking for to bring your lettering practice to the next level.

Why is it important that you write quickly, legibly, and confidently for and in front of your clients? You know the answer.

We spend a lot of time writing in real time during meetings. Ask yourself... is your writing: Legible? Stylistic? Do you feel confident when writing live in front of others?

It’s likely you are relying on your handwriting for rapid capture. Yet there is so much more to it including hierarchy, emphasis, and composition.

Who this lettering workshop is designed for:

  • Visual practitioners and anyone capturing live during meetings (facilitators, trainers, and those white boarding or flip charting)
  • Those who understand the value of legibility and have to perform at speed
  • Anyone who wields a marker and wants to feel good about it

What we will cover in this two-day workshop:

  • A variety of lettering styles based on round, wedge, flat, and brush nib markers.
  • Marker hacks
  • Lettering hierarchy and a formula for determining lettering styles for all sizes from titles to small print for both full-size charts and flip chart size capture.
  • Practical applications of lettering as a visual practitioner.

This is not a traditional “hand lettering” class you might be thinking of, it’s about increasing the speed of read for your clients.

When we letter together we learn the foundational letterforms and how we can vary them up to make them our own and differentiate ourselves.
In Level Up Your Lettering, I meet you where you are and help you level up your game by building confidence and exploring ways to find your unique style through a series of exercises and exploring a variety of mark-making tools.
Prior to the workshop, I ask participants to fill out a simple lettering self-assessment. I also encourage students to watch the free video series and check out other resources in the  Level Up Your Lettering Preparation portal at so that we have a common foundation from which to level up and are speaking the same jargon.

The lessons in the free online course are designed to:

  • Help you see the nuances in letterforms
  • Gain a better understanding of how each tool is designed to produce a different mark
  • Increase hand/eye coordination through pen manipulation: holding the marker at different or specific angles, pressure, and working with speed

In the Level Up Your Lettering in-person workshops, day one is about tools and letterforms. Day two is about the practical application of lettering in your work as a visual practitioner. Day three (optional) is a lettering tour that helps you see letters in your surrounding environment and how to break them down into usable forms in your work.

Additional benefits of attending the workshop:

  • Receive a 1:1 virtual lettering session to dive even deeper into your lettering practice ($125 value)
  • Gain access to free and special pricing for current and future online lettering courses

See upcoming workshop dates below. Space is limited so please register soon.

Want to co-organize a workshop in your region?
Please email me to receive a workshop planning checklist. I'm currently interested in teaching in Spain, Australia, South America, New York, and where ever you are!

Please check back! More dates and locations will be added to this page.

Can't get to an in-person workshop? Level Up Your Lettering VIRTUAL is offered twice a year. The next 3-month cohort starts Fall 2019. Click here for more information and to be put on a notification list.

Get on the NOTIFICATION LIST for upcoming Level Up Courses

You know the importance of writing quickly, legibly, and confidently for and in front of your clients. Many visual practitioners rely on their handwriting for rapid capture. Yet there is so much more to it including hierarchy, emphasis, and composition. We will explore the tools and the lettering styles that our markers naturally make and help you push them beyond what they were designed for. You will walk away more confident and with a new lettering style you didn’t know you had in you.

Please join me October 17 & 18 for the 2-day pre-con workshop and October 19 for the conference.

Learn more here

Let's Letter Together at The Grove!


I'm excited to announce that in addition to the line up of professional offerings at the Grove, I will be offering a customized version of Level Up Your Lettering. I hope you will join me in San Francisco so that we may letter together!
While the workshop date for 2019 has passed, please stay tuned for a 2020 offering.

Read the workshop description

Lettering Tours

While in Copenhagen for EuViz, I offered a walking lettering tour in heart centre. Now with each city I visit, I seek out lettering styles and invite you to join me. Bring your sketchbook, pencil/pens, and a camera. We'll have an adventure while lettering together throughout the city.

Free for workshop participants.

Friends, colleagues and/or family are invited to join at a $50 USD drop-in fee. We will scout out a place for lunch and snacks but purchasing will be your responsibility.

Click the image below to download an excerpt from my travel sketchbook and be notified for the next Lettering Tour!

Offerings in Durango, Colorado

After spending the first part of 2019 traveling to Europe and the east and west coasts of the US to teach, I'm taking a break and working from home for the summer. Here are a few local offerings for those interested. And if you want to visit Southwest Colorado for a lettering retreat/get away we can co-design a 1-5 day event just for you!

Let's Letter Together 1-Day Workshop

Impress your friends, make cool posts on social media, or have elegantly written quotes to give as gifts or adorn your living space in this hands-on workshop.
Whether you are a mom and daughter duo, in the big brother big sister program, or you’re the favorite uncle loved by a kid who is keen on lettering, bring a friend to letter with this class is for you! 
In this workshop we will cover:
  • Uppercase plain and fancy letters
  • Lowercase connecting script and individual letters 
  • Making cards and addressing envelopes
  • Marker and watercolor techniques
In this workshop we will practice the art of writing beautiful letters—which surprisingly can be intense. So we will also have fun with a few collaborative exercises to expand the way we see and make letters together.
By the end of the class you will have a small portfolio of practice pages and exemplars, final pieces you can frame or give as gifts, and small pieces to mail.
Saturday, July 20, 10am - 3pm
Bring a water bottle and lunch. All other supplies will be provided.
Sign up for the workshop at the Durango Arts Center

Lettering Demos, Classes and 1:1 Sessions

Throughout the summer I will be offering 1:1 sessions in my studio and throughout the Four Corners Area as requested and schedule permits.
Other opportunities to learn lettering include:
Cortez Literary Festival - FREE
Learn to Write with a Brush Marker
Saturday, June 8, 4:30pm
Signups begin at 9am
Limited to 10 participants
Studio & - Book Signing
Letters from the Lettering Journey
Thursday, July 18, 4-6pm
First 12 participants get a pouch of Neuland markers and a seat at the demo - FREE
Maria's Bookshop will be selling my book
Cortez Public Library - FREE
Saturday, August 21, 10am-Noon & 1-3pm
Signups being at the Literary Festival
Limited to 12 participants
Private and small group sessions ($125/hr) may include:
• Brushlettering
• Sign Painter
• Styles from my new book
• Chalkboard art
• Neuland Hand
• Roman Hand
Reserve Your 1:1 Lettering Session

Art Career Theorem Workshop

Are you an artist who dreams of living a balanced art life? 
Looking for ways to express yourself that aligns with your purpose?
In this one-day workshop, you will learn the skills needed to help you:
• assess where you are,
• create a vision,
• set goals and
• make decisions that will help you live the art/life you desire. 
To learn more about Art Career Theorem, and to set up a free 25-minute coaching session visit
The ACT model grew from 18 years of experience working with artists through community art centers and art publishing. Heather Leavitt Martinez, an artist herself, uses graphic facilitation to coach artists through a series of self assessments and exercises that increases self awareness and guides artists to set values-based goals, make decisions, and sustain the art life they want to live. Heather is a recipient of a career advancement grant from the Colorado Creative Industries and National Endowment of the Arts. You can learn more at
Saturday, August 10, 9:30am - 4pm
Bring a water bottle and lunch. All other supplies will be provided.
Sign up for the workshop at the Durango Arts Center

"There hasn’t been a class that improved the quality of my work as much as your lettering class. So I’m very grateful to you. It even betters my drawing skills because I learn how to master the markers."

Laura L.
Visual Practitioner

"Heather's Level Up Your Lettering workshop is the best blend of content, theory, and practical learning I've had in a very long time. I feel equipped to go back to my workplace and immediately apply many of my newly acquired skills.
Thank you, Heather!
And I highly recommend her new Lettering Journey book even if you, like me, need to pay with Canadian dollars which translate to a 35% extra cost. It's worth every penny!"

Beth W.

"Thank you for our fantastic [customized] lettering workshop. It transformed how I letter and I think of my lessons learned every time I step up to the wall."

Trent W.
Visual Practitioner

"This summer I was lucky enough to do a two-day lettering course with the brilliant Heather Leavitt Martinez. It was a really powerful two days for me. I learnt a lot more than just lettering—she's a great teacher (and very funny)—and I think my work went up a level, or maybe even two, as a result. And not just the lettering part, something about the way she teaches made me more conscious about all of my work."

Carol C.
Visual Practitioner

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