Sunday, October 19, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
What’s at stake, in the writer’s struggle for truth and beauty? Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World offers deep ways to work creatively with our craft. In this one-day intensive, and in the context of what is at stake for each participant in their writing, I will share some of the key elements of a series of writing for social change workshops that I’ve taught in many settings all over the country. The course reframes and recontextualizes the craft, concepts, and issues of creative writing across the genres—whether poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction, drama or comedy—to open vital space for your voice, language, story, and imagination, within a setting of supportive community. We’ll work with some of the most powerful concepts of each section of the larger workshop—Re-Dream a Just World; Place and Exile/Borders and Crossings; and, Yearning and Justice: Writing the Unlived Life—to create new writing from some of your deepest concerns, and send you home with food for thought, a liberated voice, and suggestions for writing explorations in a terrain expanded to include more of the world you care about.
Sunday, 10/19/2014 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
ANYA ACHTENBERG, an award-winning fiction writer and poet, is the author of the recent novel Blue Earth (Modern History Press), the autobiographical novella The Stories of Devil-Girl(also, MHP), and poetry books, The Stone of Language(published by West End Press after being finalist in five poetry competitions); and, I Know What the Small Girl Knew.Anya is at work on History Artist, a novel centering in a Cambodian woman born of an African American father and Cambodian mother at the moment the U.S. bombing of Cambodia began. An interview with Anya about this novel-in-progress appeared in the cultural section of Foreign Policy in Focus (from The Institute of Policy Studies). Her fiction has received awards from Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story, New Letters, the Raymond Carver Story Contest, the Asheville Writers Workshop’s International Fiction Contest, and more, and has been published in many literary magazines includingHarvard Review, Gargoyle, and forthcoming in Tupelo Review. Anya teaches creative writing workshops and classes around the United States, and online nationally and internationally, and consults with writers individually. She is the creator/teacher of theWriting for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops; Claiming Our Stories: The Power of Autobiography and Autobiographical Fiction; Writing IS/AS Resistance; Finding the Real Story: Essential Elements of Story in Fiction and Memoir; and others.As director of Arts Focus on Cuba, she organizes journeys to Cuba for writers, artists, filmmakers, educators, and others; including Multicultural Cuba (a multicultural arts and history journey through Cuba), November 3-13, with the Center for Cuban Studies. For more information on teaching, publications, Cuba journeys, and articles about writing, see http://anyaachtenberg.com/
Event Location and Ticket Information
HVWC in Sleepy Hollow
300 Riverside Drive
Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591
Handicap Accessible? Yes
Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Times: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm