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"Working with Anya has forever changed my relationship to writing, pulling it from deep in my unconscious up into the light of inquiry." -- Annie Lewis

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Fiction Writer; Poet; Teacher of Creative Writing; Manuscript Consultant; Writing Coach; Founder of the Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops; Writing Workshop Leader.


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Can writing be taught? Quick note.

Dear Writers,

I will soon be announcing classes online beginning early May. Many people say writing can’t be taught. Well, perhaps, but it can be discussed. The terrain of it within the writer can be discovered and opened up. And that toolbox of craft can be filled. Certainly part of this work is to shed the junk that is useless and has been kind of dictated in each writer’s past.  Writing certainly can’t be taught in the sense of a writer repeating what has ever been done before because they then have a formula – indeed many do teach and study this way – but I don’t believe in it. And there are many writers who have found their ways to “teach” – which may not be teaching, but results in the unguaranteeable consequences of writers coming to know and believe in their own beautiful vision and language. I’m for that!:

In that spirit, I will be again teaching classes that seem to have gorgeous results in the expansion and deepening of people’s work, and building online, international communities of writers for their work. I’ll be teaching Claiming Our Stories: Working with the Power of Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction, Parts One and Two, with on the net.

For full descriptions and registration, please go to

I will also be teaching independent online classes, including Finding the Real Story: The Essential Elements of Story in Fiction and Memoir, Part One.

For questions about content or the workings of the classes, email me at aachtenberg at

Power to the writing!



Comment from Anya
Time: April 3, 2012, 9:23 am

I wish I’d had time to write Part 2 of that — I have so much material, and I will at some point — I wouldn’t say no — I do think this course is a great help, a great opener, and that it mucks around in those elements of story in ways that keep opening up story and how to make it.
If you are feeling this way, I would say yes! Many people have taken my classes over and keep getting more. Gotta be honest here. So, yes, please.

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