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Unlocking Narration: The Power of Your Narrator's Personality and Point-of-View , with Anya Achtenberg

  • Wednesday, April 18, 2018
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wherever you fire up your computer!


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7:00–8:30 PM (Eastern) / 4:00–5:30 PM (Pacific) // Check your time-zone HERE.

You’ve probably been misled about narration and what kinds of narrators are available to you.

Saying that 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person narration is the range of your choices is like saying love is a little heart emoji.

Have you ever analyzed your work every which way to find out what is not working, and you just couldn’t figure it out?

It likely has something to do with—narration.

Have you sensed that something was flat (not the earth, my sisters), and you couldn’t figure out how to fix it?

It likely has something to do with—narration.

Narration is the thorniest craft issue of all and, as well, the most underutilized element of writing story to both expand the richness of your work and help you structure it in a way that fulfills it, rather than follows a prepackaged formula.

Unlocking the power of narration will give you, not only a greater range of possibilities and more powerful and focused creativity in your story, but also a potent approach to open, structure, and revise your work.

Can we do it all in 90 minutes? Nope, the study of narration is lifelong. But we can sure get started!

Anya Achtenberg is an award-winning writer whose publications include Blue Earth (novel); The Stories of Devil-Girl (novella); two poetry collections, The Stone of Language and I Know What the Small Girl Knew; and recent poetry and prose in Tupelo Quarterly, Malpaís Review, Gargoyle, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Hinchas de Poesía, Poet Lore, and Taos Journal of Poetry and Art. She’s received prizes and distinctions from Southern Poetry Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story, New Letters, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and others. The anthology How Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse (2017) includes her essay on identity and the inadequate instruction to “write from a sense of place.” Anya’s almost-completed novel, History Artist, centers on a Cambodian woman born the moment the U.S. bombing of Cambodia begins. She recently completed a poetry chapbook, Advice to Travelers. Nonfiction work includes essays on writing craft and creative nonfiction on Cuba, where she conducts arts-focused and multicultural journeys. Anya teaches creative writing workshops nationally, as well as online internationally for,, and the Transformative Language Arts Network, a Goddard affiliate, and consults with writers individually. In-person and online workshops include Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops and The Disobedient Writer Workshop Series.

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