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 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!

Arizona educators: Piper Writers Studio classes qualify for Professional Development credit. After registering, please apply for your Professional Development hours here.


Spring 2016 Classes

  • “Through a Thousand Windows: The Art of Writing Memoir”

    with Stella Pope Duarte Workshop Type: 4-Week, In-Person, Nonfiction
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Nonfiction
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House» View Map
    From: Wednesday, 30 March 2016
    To: Wednesday, 20 April 2016

    Time: 6pm-8pm
    Workshop Summary:

    Looking at your life through “windows” of actual memories, scenes, time periods and eras brings new interpretations and amazing revelations. Discovering the windows of your own life will enrich your writing and uncover life’s most heartfelt moments. This workshop will challenge you to new and exciting views of who you are.

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    Notice: Registration is now closed.
  • “Psychological Suspense: Method of the Mindset”

    with Deborah J. Ledford Workshop Type: 4-Week, All Levels, In-Person, Mystery/Crime Fiction
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Mystery/Crime Fiction
    Type: In-Person
    Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for writers of all skill levels.
    Location: Piper Writers House» View Map
    From: Wednesday, 30 March 2016
    To: Wednesday, 20 April 2016

    Time: 6pm-8pm
    Workshop Summary:

    Exploring the mindset is crucial for creating characters and developing plots for your novels or short stories. Classes include: Pacing Your Plot, Creating Villains Readers Love to Hate, Suspenseful Settings, Psychology of Thrillers vs Mysteries. Appropriate for all genres of writing, this four week course gives you the opportunity to learn from an award-winning author.

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Registration Costs

Half-Day Classes One-Day Classes Four-Week Classes
$75 $125 $225

 


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.


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