• Story Writing Workshops

    Date: 2009.09.21 | Category: Assignments | Tags:

    Finding the Real Story: an exploration of the essential elements of story
    for both fiction and nonfiction writers, begins October 7
    with Anya Achtenberg

    Join us for 10 sessions of intensive exploration of the essential elements of writing story, and for work on shaping these elements to embody the deeper truths and powerful emotions which move us into writing. We will work to explore the mystery of human behavior in story form, and develop ways to deepen characterization. We will work to discover plot—rather than be constricted by it. We will tap into the power of the visions and voices of our narrators and characters, and the mix of truth and fiction that creates a world both imagined and deeply real. We will explore narrative summary, active scene and dialogue, the workings of subtext; the power of your story’s context, the technique of simultaneity; dialogue; the music of prose; the story’s metaphor; revision. Begin new stories and discover ways to complete old ones in an atmosphere both supportive and challenging, with in-class and at-home writing explorations, and feedback aimed at helping each participant understand the scope of their own work.

    v 10 Wednesdays, beginning October 7, 7:00-9:30 pm. Fee: $300.

    v Lake Street and 39th Avenue South, Minneapolis, above the Blue Moon Cafe.

    v For registration and more information, contact Anya at aachtenberg@gmail.com or 651.214.9248.

    v See her website at www.anyaachtenberg.com

    Anya is a master teacher. Her grasp of world writers and of craft allows her to liberate this knowledge…, so that we can learn to wield the pen with power.”
    —Demetria Martinez, novelist (Mother Tongue), poet, memoirist, journalist
    Contact aachtenberg@gmail.com ; 651.214.9248. See: http://anyaachtenberg.com/