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.


Spring 2015 Classes

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  • “Four Poets Laureate in Four Weeks”

    with Valerie Bandura Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, In-Person, Listed, Poetry, Spring
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Poetry
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    From: Wednesday, 15 April 2015
    To: Wednesday, 06 May 2015

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

    Recent poets assigned to the post of U.S. Poet Laureate, including Louise Gluck, Billy Collins, Robert Hass, and Stanley Kunitz, have produced an astounding body of creative work, each strikingly different in subject, style, civic involvement, and social politics. On the heels of Arizona State University’s own Alberto Rios who was recently assigned the first Arizona State Poet Laureate, we’ll take a closer look at the work these poets have produced. We’ll discuss particular poems to inform our understanding of contemporary poetry, listen to podcast readings, and use their creative work as models for our own poems to be workshopped in class.
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  • “First Draft Done”

    with Tom Leveen Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, In-Person, Listed, Publishing, Spring, Workshop Genre
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Publishing
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    From: Wednesday, 15 April 2015
    To: Wednesday, 06 May 2015

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

    Whether you are contemplating writing your first novel or have finished a complete draft (or more!), author Tom Leveen will guide you through four areas of revision often neglected: dialogue, plot and conflict, description, and polishing the first five pages to a shine. Tom is the author of five young adult novels with Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harry Abrams, and an instructor for both Your Novel Year and Desert Nights, Rising Stars at ASU.

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  • “Object Studies”

    with Allan Reeder Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, Creative Nonfiction, Listed, Listing Status, Online, Spring
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Creative Nonfiction
    Type: Online
    Location: Online
    From: Wednesday, 15 April 2015
    To: Wednesday, 13 May 2015

    Workshop Summary:

    Object Studies is inspired by poet Heather McHugh’s reflection that “every object has a field of force.” This reading and writing experience offers a laboratory for those intent on finding both truthful and inventive ways to bring the concrete object to life in prose. Through attention to the interplay of associations, memories, emotions, and visual facts, and informed by model pieces by professional writers, participants will engage in their own explorations toward shaping the personal stories that particular objects hold. We will put special emphasis on observation — not only of course readings and concrete things but also of the turns of our own minds — and will aim, at the finish, for shared oral performances of new, original essays.   Hillside-Writing-logo-with-slogan-443x158

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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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