Hi, I’m Anya Achtenberg.

I’m an award-winning author of fiction and poetry, and a long-time teacher of fiction, memoir and poetry. 

This website is a writer’s place. It is a gathering of what can be useful to this work.

With the jolting changes we are experiencing, this is a place to think together,
a place to re-examine our writing, our focus, our writing’s responsiveness to the world,
For  quick entry into craft, and lightning clarification of a useful point that will make your work go easier, you’ll be able to refer to the Juicy Craft Points for Creative Writers blog series. Each post on this blog offers an answer to a question that many writers have asked me.
As you look over the many course offerings, you might get struck by the one that is right for you at this moment. You can see a road into your own development.
This website is certainly where you might see what I’ve been up to, in my books and other published and unpublished writings; in interviews; in recorded readings; but, just as much, it is a place to support you in taking steps in your own work, and to know that there is  community of others doing the same.
And here you are only a message away from help available from me in many forms.

Anya’s classes allowed me to not just be able to re-dream a world but to re-dream a universe! With me in it! My glorious writer’s self! Anya’s classes were a path into helping me successfully find my inward voice which now in the present has allowed me to write in a fury! Since Anya’s class I have had the opportunity to do poetry readings in Chicago, and created a writing group called The Night of the Living Tongues.

Rachel Davis

It is rare to find a teacher who is not only expert in the technical aspects of writing, but who has a deep appreciation of literature and literary theory, and who is a terrific muse. Anya puts her heart into her teaching. She is always prompt and professional. For her students, Anya makes a world conducive for creating–one of beauty, trust and high standards.

Dora Wang, M.D.