Anya Achtenberg is an award-winning fiction writer and poet, and is also currently turning to nonfiction as she writes a book that will turn her national multigenre workshops on Writing for Social Change - Re-Dream a Just World; Place and Exile/Borders and Crossing; and Yearning and Justice: Writing the Unlived Life - into a moveable workshop, great for guiding writers' groups or individuals.
Her recently completed novel, Floor Plan of Paradise, was excerpted in Harvard Review, and her autobiographical novella, The Stories of Devil-Girl, first released on CD in 2003, will soon be available through her website. Her second book of poetry, The Stone of Language, was published in 2004 by West End Press after being finalist in 5 poetry competitions. Her stories have received awards from Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope:All-Story, New Letters, the Asheville Fiction Writers Workshop, the Raymond Carver Story Contest and others. She is at work on a novel centering in the experience of a Cambodian woman born of an African American father at the moment the bombing of Cambodia began; an interview on this work can be found in the cultural section, Fiesta, of Foreign Policy in Focus at www.fpif.org .
She has taught creative writing widely, including at New York University, School of Visual Arts in NY, Springfield College Boston, Hamline University, the University of Minnesota's Split Rock Arts Program, the University of New Mexico's Honors Program and their Taos Summer Conference, the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences; for organizations such as The International Women's Writing Guild, the Center for Contemporary Arts and for Word Harvest in Santa Fe, The Leaven Center in Michigan, Intermedia Arts' Writer to Writer Mentorship Program, and The Loft, in Minnesota; and with drop-out youth, working adults, and in residency in Minnesota and New York public schools. She teaches workshops and classes throughout the country on the essential elements of story in fiction and memoir; deepening characterization; autobiography and autobiographical fiction; and Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World. She also offers manuscript consultations for fiction writers, poets, essayists and memoirists.
You can get more information at Anya's website, www.anyaachtenberg.com - which includes discussions about writing and suggestions for writing explorations.
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