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Trusting Our Own Vision, and, the Late Bloomers’ Club

  For A.M.-C.   “The bud stands for all things, even those things that don’t flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness”   From Galway Kinnell, “St. Francis and the Sow”     I was a small girl in Brooklyn, between broken English [...]

Writing and the New Year: A request for writers.

Dear Writers and Friends,   Almost 2013!   I have a request, for you and for myself, for the new year. We have plenty of other work for our imagination to do, and so—let’s free it from that need to imagine we are writers, and write with an imagination freed to do its enormous labor [...]

Online Classes start again July 14; Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography & Autobiographical Fiction (Writers.com). August writing workshop/retreat at The Leaven Center. And independent story classes coming around again soon….

Dear Writers, Looking for a place to push your work to the next step? Do it online with me and a group of varied and dedicated writers, at Writers.com. I will again be teaching 2 classes online for writers.com/writers on the net, beginning July — the 14th or 21st, TBA, 2011:  Claiming Our Stories: Working with [...]

Online Classes Start April 21. Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction, at Writers.com

Dear Writers, Looking for a place to push your work to the next step? Do it online with me and a group of varied and dedicated writers, at Writers.com. I will again be teaching 2 classes online for writers.com/writers on the net, beginning April 21, 2011:  Claiming Our Stories: Working with the Power of Autobiography and [...]

Story classes news, and a little story!

Dear Writers, I am gathering a group for another independent online writing workshop. But here is a little incident that happened on the way to putting this on my Facebook page, something put into gear perhaps by the Great Narrator I can’t see. I got bold. I got tired. I know what happens in my [...]

Online Classes Start January 11. Claiming Our Stories: Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction, at Writers.com

Dear Writers, Looking for a place to push your work to the next step? Do it online with me and a group of varied and dedicated writers, at Writers.com. I will again be teaching 2 classes online for writers.com/writers on the net, beginning Jan. 11, 2011:  Claiming Our Stories: Working with the Power of Autobiography and [...]

Critique Classes for Writers, Online, beginning November 9, 2010

Dear Friends, Do you have a book in progress? A project developing that you are writing in fairly regularly? A manuscript that is sitting and wanting to be brought back to life, developed, finished? I have been doing this work with writers in many formats for a very long time! A session of my online [...]

Announcing online critique groups for developed writers in fiction and memoir, with Anya Achtenberg

Claiming and Polishing the Power of Our Stories: Intensive critique classes online in fiction and memoir.  (10 weeks) Begins February 2, 2010! Classes every other week for 10 weeks. This is an advanced writers’ workshop open both to writers who have studied with me, or those who have not but are invited to participate after [...]

Cuba Trip: One life-changing, art-opening, mind-opening, announcement.

2010 Writers and Artists Research Delegation to Cuba! January 3-11, 2010. A group of writers, visual artists, educators and others will be going to Cuba January 3-11. We will stay in Old Havana, as well as visit nearby Matanzas province and Varadero Beach. We will meet with Cuban writers, artists, filmmakers, architects and others, and [...]

Money and writing. Writing and money. Research, Truth, and Imagination.

April 30, 2009   Let’s face it. An economy in shock is not such a shock if you are not only a writer, but a writer from and remaining in the working class.   I am not allergic to the thought of making big money with my writing. Not at all. But the real joy [...]