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Free Write with
Anya Achtenberg Sefara-Rabi

Writing Place and Placelessness

September 23, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 PM EST

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A sense-of-place writing workshop to address place in a world of historical amnesia, diaspora, flight, trauma that knocks us out of place, gentrification; place as investment property, as profit. The poisoning of the sacred. Climate catastrophe. 

All this with a deeper dive into craft than conventional approaches—ways of working with craft that liberate and focus our writing, that work with a specificity that goes beyond having “lotsa details”. A deep dive into craft that helps make place in writing for you, your experience. And, of course, time for generative writing explorations—

And, oh, we will write.

ANYA ACHTENBERG SEFARA-RABI is an award-winning fiction writer and poet whose publications include the novel Blue Earth; novella The Stories of Devil-Girl; poetry collections The Stone of Language, and, I Know What the Small Girl Knew. Individual pieces are published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies, including Gargoyle Magazine; Harvard Review; DC’s Beltway Poetry Quarterly; Tupelo Quarterly; Journal of Feminist Studies in     Religion; Malpais Review; and Poet Lore. Writing awards and distinctions have come from Southern Poetry Review; Another Chicago Magazine;Coppola’s Zoetrope: All-Story; New Letters; the Raymond Carver Story Contest; the Minnesota State Arts Board, and others. Her novel History Artist, multivocal and genre-bending,with an ensemble cast of characters centered around a young Cambodian woman born at the moment the U.S. invasion began, is 5 minutes away from completion in novelist time;and, close, too, is a poetry and unprose collection, Matadors at the Crossing. Her occasional blog Writing in Upheaval explores Anya’s organic approach to writing craft that expands creativity; counters historical amnesia; and examines how trauma and narration connect, and how history sits in us. Anya teaches two series of fiction, memoir, and multi-genre creative writing courses, Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshops; and, The Disobedient Writer Workshops; consults with writers of fiction and nonfiction, prose and poetry, in English and in Spanish; and is blown away by the brilliant, original, diverse and urgent work of engaged writers, women and others, who have found their way to her, and to each other. See 


Free Write with
Mathangi Subramanian

Writing Sizzling Sentences

October 7, 2022
1:00 - 2:30 PM EST

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How do the lengths and structures of our sentences influence the way our writing works? In this workshop, we'll use the work of Sandra Cisneros and exercises developed by Ursula LeGuinn to learn how to make our sentences work for us. We'll also discuss sentence-based revision strategies developed by Felicia Rose Chavez that we can use while revisiting our work. Appropriate for all levels of writing. 

Mathangi Subramanian, Ed.D. is a South Asian novelist, essayist, and educator. Her middle grades book Dear Mrs. Naidu won the South Asia Book Award and was shortlisted for the Hindu Goodbooks prize. Her novel A People's History of Heaven was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and was longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, among other honors. Her work has appeared in Harper's Bazaar, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, The Washington Post, and Kweli Journal, and has been anthologized in books like Denver NoirThe Best Women's Travel Writing Vol 12, and Click! When We Knew We Were Feminists. She earned her doctorate in education at Columbia Teachers College, and has been teaching for over 20 years. 

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