The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing offers a variety of classes in many genres for writers at every stage of their development through our Piper Writers Studio. Classes range from single-day workshops to four-week courses, and are led by highly experienced and respected writers and teachers. We hold sessions in October, January, and June. Topics and instructors vary from semester to semester, so check our website or sign up on our mailing list to receive news about our course schedule. Our small class sizes ensure that you and your writing receive personalized feedback, so be sure to register early to secure your seat.
Sign up for a Piper Writers Studio course to refine your skills, gain inspiration, and build connections with fellow writers and lovers of literature!
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Fall 2015 Classes
New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole will guide you to mastery of the novella—the perfect storytelling form for the digital age. The novella is splendidly suited to exploring characters and themes, illuminating back-story of characters from novels, and even as a practice run before attempting a novel.Learn MoreNotice: THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.
Are you writing a memoir? Or a research-based nonfiction book? Are you a fiction writer who would like to explore ways to use people’s real-life stories into your work? There are many reasons writers may want to weave another person’s story into their fiction or nonfiction. In this class, participants will focus on one specific moment in one person’s life, learn and practice basic interviewing and transcribing techniques, and transform the interview into a work of flash nonfiction or flash fiction that balances the author’s narrative voice with the subject’s first person voice. We will also reading short works illuminating the use of use of another person’s voice within a narrative. Skills you will learn will be applicable for longer form fiction or nonfiction. You will need some kind of recording device. Please be prepared for three to four hours of work each week outside of class.
In the age of the Internet and social media, it may seem that the long feature article is an endangered species. But it’s still arguably the highest form of journalism – the one that engages readers the most and has the greatest impact, whether it appears in a magazine or newspaper. This workshop will examine the basic tenets of longer feature writing and offer insights and tips for both novice and published writers.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE DATE FOR THIS CLASS HAS CHANGED TO SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24TH.
The road a poem travels from first thought to final draft before reaching its final destination is a journey of possibility and discovery as well as intention and skill. This half-day workshop will explore various approaches for generating new work as well as how to guide a poem toward its fullest potential.Learn MoreRegister
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Tuition discounts are available for Piper Friends, Supporters, or Fellows; ASU Faculty, Staff, and Students; and Arizona Teachers, both current and retired.
We invite writers interested in developing a novel-length work under the continuous mentorship of a Piper Center faculty member to learn more about our Your Novel Year Online Certificate Program.