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This website is certainly where you might see what I’ve been up to, in my books and other published and unpublished writings; in interviews; in recorded readings; but, just as much, it is a place to support you in taking steps in your own work, and to know that there is 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.

I have attended many writing workshops throughout my life, and Anya’s have been the most exciting, unique, and productive I have ever experienced. I have also had the privilege to have Anya do editing work for me, and she gave my work the kind of deep, loving, and careful attention that each of us wishes that an editor will give to our “beloved creations!” If that’s not enough, Anya is a beautiful, powerful woman and human being, who believes that we can “change the world” with our writing, and she shows us how to have the courage to do so. There is really nothing more I can say, except “take Anya’s workshops!!”

Judi Behrendt

After each [workshop I’ve attended with Anya], I’ve returned to my writings with newly learned and reinforced dimensions – to shape more fully, delve more deeply, to narrate my truth, what happens, what makes us, what makes us tell.

Norma S. Tucker