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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 class —Claiming and Polishing the Power of Our Stories: Intensive critique classes online in fiction and memoir—will begin November 9th.

I will be teaching this directly from my own site, not any other organization. Please send this news on to anyone who might be interested.

Some of the writers participating have already chosen the option of doing this work with the 10 sessions spread over a 20-week period, where you submit work and comment every 2 weeks instead of every week, giving more time to the process.

If there are writers who want to do the 10 sessions in 10 weeks, I should be able to accommodate them as well—let me know your preference.

See the class description below.

Many thanks.
Anya Achtenberg

Claiming and Polishing the Power of Our Stories: Intensive critique classes online in fiction and memoir. (10 sessions)

This is an advanced writers’ workshop open both to writers who have studied or worked with me, or those who have not but are invited to participate after sending a 3-page sample of your work in fiction or memoir, and a paragraph describing the project you are working on, or aim to develop. The workshop focuses on your work-in-progress and the questions you pose about craft, which will be addressed specifically in relationship to your work. This intensive critique class will respond to each individual’s needs as they continue to develop and revise their work toward the completion of a memoir, novel, collection of short stories, or collection of memoiristic essays.
Many of the fiction writers in the class may have an autobiographical
connection to their work; this connection may be direct, or may be subtle,
internal, roundabout, and not absolutely necessary or identifiable.

This course means hard work, following your own strong impulses and
directions, and receiving and giving helpful, extensive feedback.
Participants in the group who have studied with me previously have shown themselves to be insightful and constructive in their responses, and I aim in my feedback to you to illuminate in large and in detailed ways the deeper subject matter, language and structure of your project.

The course will begin November 9, 2010.
Fee: 340$ payable in full before the start of class.
Please contact me at or 651-214-9248 to register.

Remember, if you have not studied with me before, please email, within the
body of your email and NOT as an attachment, a paragraph or one page project description, and a 3-page writing sample from your project.

If you are looking for another kind of online workshop with regular
lectures posted each week, I will continue to teach Claiming Our Stories… Parts One and Two with


I look forward to working with you,

Anya Achtenberg

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