Piper Writers Studio

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 six-week master classes, with in-person and online options available. Topics and instructors vary from semester to semester. All Piper Writers Studio instructors are highly experienced and respected writers and teachers.

Arizona educators: Piper Writers Studio classes qualify for professional development credit for Arizona educators. After registering, please sign up for your professional development hours here.

Fall 2015 Classes



  • “Writing the Novella”

    with Michael Stackpole Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, Fall, Fiction, In-Person, Listed
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Fiction
    Type: In-Person
    Location: SkysSong Building 1 Rm. 249 Imagination» View Map
    From: Tuesday, 06 October 2015
    To: Tuesday, 27 October 2015

    Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    Workshop Summary:

    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.


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  • “In Others’ Words: The Art of Interviewing and Writing Another Person’s Story”

    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Type: In-Person
    Location: The Piper House» View Map
    From: Wednesday, 07 October 2015
    To: Wednesday, 28 October 2015

    Time: 6:00PM - 8:00PM
    Workshop Summary:

    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 and learn how to use a variety of skills to enhance their writing.

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  • “The Poetic Journey: First Thoughts and Final Drafts”

    with Lois Roma-Deeley Workshop Type: 1-Day, 2015, Fall, In-Person, Listed
    Length: 1-Day
    Type: In-Person
    Location: The Piper House» View Map
    Date: Saturday, 24 October 2015
    Time: 9:00AM - 1:00PM
    Workshop Summary:

    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.High_notes-210 Northsight-210 Rules_hunger-210

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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.

Registration Costs

One Day Classes Four-Week Classes
$125 $225


Tuition discounts are available for Piper Friends, Supporters, or Fellows; ASU Faculty, Staff, and Students; and Arizona Teachers, both current and retired.

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