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Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction: Online Classes Starting Up Again on + Note on the Joiner Center and their yearly writers workshop.

Just a quick announcement to let you know that I will again be teaching online for on the net, sessions beginning May 4:  Claiming Our Stories: Working with the Power of Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction. Part One and Part Two.

These are both 10 week courses for writers of both memoir/creative nonfiction and fiction. For full descriptions and registration, please go to

I also want to let you know that I have been in Boston doing research for my novel-in-progress, History Artist. I did this with support from the Minnesota State Arts Board in the form of an Artist Initiative Grant. One of the incredible resources in Boston for my work is the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, which also conducts a yearly writers workshop in the second half of June, and has done so for many years. I was blessed to teach some workshops there in writing for social change, but went there as a participant as I was working to move more fully into fiction, and was able to study with Vietnam War vets Larry Heinemann and Tim O’Brien, among many other writers, including Grace Paley, Carolyn Forche, Yusef Komunyakaa, Claribel Alegria, Robert Creeley, Bruce Weigl, Stratis Haviaras, Martha Collins and Fred Marchant. Demetria Martinez, with whom I have often co-taught and will do so again this August in Michigan at the Leaven Center, is a regular there as well. I have met and heard in panels and readings many Southeast Asian writers as well, those both living in the United States and those coming in from Vietnam, Cambodia and elsewhere.

Here is a note from  the Joiner Center:

“The William Joiner Center is named after William (Bill) Joiner, an African American veteran who served as the university’s first director of Veterans Affairs until his untimely death in 1981 from liver cancer associated with his exposure to Agent Orange while serving in the military. The center promotes research, curriculum development, public events, and educational, cultural, and humanitarian exchanges which foster greater understanding and innovative means of addressing the consequences of war. Responding to wars in the 21st century, the Joiner Center has begun to focus on the consequences of the Global War on Terrorism, particularly as manifested in the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

Their website is :

Please check their events and resources, and consider attending their June writers workshop.

Back to you soon as I can.


Anya Achtenberg


Comment from Karen
Time: April 24, 2009, 9:40 am

Hi Anya,

I hope your writers and readers will check the Leaven Center website to find out more about your and Demetria’s workshop, “Writing from the Eye of the Storm” August 13-17. They can find out more about it at We can’t wait to have you back!


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