When we study fiction writing, we talk about conflict as a means to plot and we talk about tension being integral to scene and dialogue. So in workshop stories, we see a lot of breakups, a lot of arguments, even the occasional war story. We watch characters deal with death and loss and illness and […]
When does a writer tell stories that repudiate his or her closely held convictions? For any writer, authenticity looms large. Write what I believe, I tell myself. Write to promote admirable aspirations, or to alert readers to perils they ought to avoid (we might call these counter-aspirations). Write to express myself as honestly and sincerely […]
Please join the Piper center in celebrating Michael Ewing’s first novel, Satan’s Gold, which has won first prize in the 2014 Emerging Writers Gateway Contest for best crime fiction! Michael is a candidate in the inaugural YOUR NOVEL YEAR program. Keep on the lookout for both Satan’s Gold and Landfall, the science-fiction novel Michael is currently working on. Once […]
Reading your work out loud in front of an audience can be a bit like standing naked on a crowded subway platform…or so I would imagine. I’ve only done the former, never the latter. And I didn’t do my first public reading until I was well into my professional career as a rock music journalist […]
Have you always wanted to write? Have you been too busy with work or kids? Well, coming up on September 27th, Michele Feeny--writer, practicing lawyer, ASU adjunct professor at Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, wife, and parent of five--will be teaching a one-day intensive class: "Writing for the Busy Professional and Parent: Lessons Learned about Craft, Commitment, and Creativity." Register today as seats are limited!
This workshop is for busy people who have the desire to write, find life gets in the way, yet never forget or quit. Re-ignite the creative urge and generate new work in a supportive community of like-minded writers. Workshop participants will need A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspirat…
The YOUR NOVEL YEAR deadline for applications is coming up on September 30th! If you want a year-and-a-half of expert mentorship in writing your first novel, you ought to at least check out the program. More information can be found here:
Dear Prospective Students, I’m excited to announce enhancements to the Your Novel Year program! The program will be extended from 12 to 18 months. The first 12 months will be devoted to writing a draft, and the final 6 months will be for polishing and fine-tuning, as well as exploring publishing opt…
Elena Poniatowska is coming to our neck of the desert in a little less than a week (September 18th)! Come out to celebrate this French-born, Mexican journalist who has dedicated her career to giving a voice and a spotlight to the disenfranchised.
Elena Poniatowska “We Can All Be Writers” Elena Poniatowska will give a lecture that will touch on many of the topics close to her heart. She is a French-born Mexican journalist and author, specializing in works on social and political issues focused on the disenfranchised, especially women and the…
Starting today at 10:00 AM Margaret Atwood tickets will be available for FREE! The event, titled Fiction, Science and Imagination - MaddAddam as a Guide to the Future, will take place on November 5, 2014. Get your tickets (using the link below) before they run out!
Internationally renowned novelist and environmental activist Margaret Atwood will visit Arizona State University this November to discuss the relationship between art and science and the importance of creative writing and imagination for addressing social and environmental challenges. In this lectur…
When we study fiction writing, we talk about conflict as a means to plot and we talk about tension being integral to scene and dialogue. So in workshop stories, we see a lot of... Continue Reading
When does a writer tell stories that repudiate his or her closely held convictions? For any writer, authenticity looms large. Write what I believe, I tell myself. Write to promote admirable aspirations, or to... Continue Reading