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The terrible story is always bigger than the terrible event.

On December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9:30 in the morning, a gunman entered an elementary school and on a rampage, after killing his mother with one of her guns, killed extraordinarily courageous staff members– teachers, a psychologist, and the principal (all women), and 20 small children, six and seven years of age. Grief [...]

Blue Earth, a novel: update on the recently published book.

Dear Writers, Dear Friends, I have so much to share with you, and I will be starting to post again, as much as I can on craft, so please watch these pages. For now, I have to tell you about my novel, Blue Earth. It’s now been a little while since Blue Earth – my [...]

Beyond Formula: Writing Love Scenes that Support the Story with Spirit, Passion, Grit, and Character Truth: Independent class beginning January 12, 2012!

Dear Writers, I want to talk with you about my independent classes. I continue to teach Claiming Our Stories: Working with the Power of Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction, Parts One and Two, with writers.com/writers on the net, as you can see from my last posting. But I have been teaching Finding the Real Story: The [...]

Creative Writing Classes Online Start January 12. Claiming Our Stories: The Power of Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction, at Writers.com

Almost 2012… 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  —  you know how the beginning of the year is; it is the perfect time to rededicate yourself to bringing your writing forward, going [...]

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 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 [...]

Overwhelming. This year. In its watery infancy of March….Story is powerful.

Dear Writers, If I asked you to list the 10 events that have affected you most deeply in the past months since the new year entered or we entered the new year, in your immediate sphere, in your family, in this country, in another, in your love life, in your children’s lives, in your art, down [...]

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 [...]

Story classes beginning in Minneapolis, October 7! Writers and Artists Trip to Cuba in January.

Dear Writers, I want to let people know that the story class I announced previously at this site will be starting this Wednesday, October 7. I am very excited about these classes. I taught these story classes, and developed an extensive series of these classes, throughout New Mexico. Stunning writing came forward. And there are, some years [...]

Where have I been? Now, there is a question which could lead to story.

Dear Friends, I won’t tell you know where I have been. But I will tell you where I am going to be. And what I will be doing in relation to teaching writing, right here in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Here we go, classes first, then news of a workshop, locally in Minneapolis: Finding [...]