Writers tell me they’ve lost focus/I tell them they are expanding their vision! Part One, on the impact on the story, of expanding focus. Focus in your writing, part one: The making of focus through exclusion or inclusionI began writing this blog, Writing in Upheaval, as the Covid-19 pandemic was shown to be spreading, and… Continue reading Writing in Upheaval, #1
Photo by Laura Fuhrman on Unsplash My course Claiming Our Stories, Part One: The Power of Writing Fiction and Autobiographical Fiction is now available for you take online, at your own pace. If you want to work with me on the writing you generate during the course, I am available for critiques and coaching. Learn… Continue reading New online course | Claiming Our Stories, Part One: The Power of Writing Fiction and Autobiographical Fiction
My course Beyond Formula: Writing Love Scenes with Spirit, Passion, Grit and Character Truth is now available for you take online, at your own pace.
I’m a novelist. I write long. If you’ve had a phone conversation with me, you know that’s a transferable skill. But I also know how to listen. Well, and deep. Which is how I listen to language, to writing, to writers, to what they ask for. I’ll do my best to make these blogs on… Continue reading Dispensing with inner critics and self-censorship
Dear Writers: Welcome to my new blog! My double blog. My Writing in Upheaval blog series will address exactly that: this work of writing, its practice and context, and the underlying issues of craft that times of great upheaval…bring forward. Interspersed among these postings will be practical discussions of craft, each entry focused on one… Continue reading A DOUBLE BLOG! Writing in Upheaval, and Juicy Craft Points for Creative Writers
STARTING MARCH 14! A 6-WEEK ONLINE CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP with Anya Achtenberg Taught for the Transformative Language Arts Network FOR FICTION AND MEMOIR WRITERS, POETS, AND OTHERS, ACROSS THE GENRES. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you want to greatly expand your creative writing craft, whether in poetry or prose, fiction or creative nonfiction;… Continue reading Creative Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World. Online for the first time! Starts March 14, for 6 weeks!!
Expanding Characterization: Discovering the Unlived Life, is an intensive workshop on December 16, 12:30-4:30 pm, Hudson Valley Writers' Center On December 16, at the beautiful Hudson Valley Writers' Center, I'll be teaching an intensive workshop on characterization, with a richly productive approach, that makes our work that day follow an unusual path, one that embraces and explores the mysteries of… Continue reading Characterization workshop on December 16
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f73sF_-UaHc This is a self-study video course, which you can find on Udemy.com, an international platform for online courses of all kind. For a full description and registration please visit https://www.udemy.com/the-disobedient-writer-break-the-rules-and-free-your-story Break the rules and free your story “Write what you know”, “Find your voice,” “Outline” - rules and conventions are pervasive in fiction writing, and whether… Continue reading Video course: Break the Rules and Free Your Story
You have the final say in shaping your work; the first say in its birth; the real responsibility of bringing it forth in a way that is true to your project and your truth. You might work tirelessly to learn, to hear, to read, to be open to the truths of other writers; you might… Continue reading How to write disobediently
February 20, 2016 Why have I--- a quite busy professional writer; teacher of creative writing; writer’s consultant; film maniac and occasional Cuban film festival curator; arts adorer; salsa dancer and music devourer; and, of course, lover of books, and lover of justice --- continued to organize trips to Cuba? Like my Multicultural Cuba… Continue reading Why the heck do I organize trips to Cuba? I am not a travel agent…I’m a novelist, poet, teacher!!!