Writing Craft

The Craft of Writing, Writing & Social Justice, Writing for Social Change, Writing in Upheaval

Writing in Upheaval, #1

A blog that connects the larger world and its issues with our fine craft of writing 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 lockdowns and self-isolating began, because so many writers… Continue reading Writing in Upheaval, #1

Fiction, Memoir, Writing courses

New online course | Claiming Our Stories, Part One: The Power of Writing Fiction and Autobiographical Fiction

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

Juicy Craft Points, Writing in Upheaval

A DOUBLE BLOG! Writing in Upheaval, and Juicy Craft Points for Creative Writers

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

Creative Process, Fiction, Memoir, Poetry, Writing for Social Change

Creative Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World. Online for the first time! Starts March 14, for 6 weeks!!

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!!

Character Development, Workshops

Characterization workshop on December 16

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

Writing courses

Video course: Break the Rules and Free Your Story

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

News; things to look for, The power of the arts, Travel

Why the heck do I organize trips to Cuba? I am not a travel agent…I’m a novelist, poet, teacher!!!

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!!!