Mission

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is the artistic and intellectual heart of a vibrant, multinational and culturally diverse world of writers. The Center is dedicated to serving our writing communities, both local and global, by offering exceptional literary programs and resources.

The center aspires to:

  • build connections among readers, writers, and others, across multiple disciplines and fields of interest
  • offer a variety of educational opportunities to support writers in every stage of their development
  • foster a thriving creative and literary community, and transform the Valley’s cultural environment
  • become the driving force for a dynamic and entrepreneurial creative environment that will enrich Arizona and the entire Southwest
  • encourage cultural and artistic exchanges with international communities
  • promote the value that art is integral to all our lives, and make it accessible both within and beyond our community of writers

Recent Blog Posts

What to Write

April 21,2015 Someday, you’re going to be dead. I hope this doesn’t come as a shock to you. If it does, you are either extremely young or extremely naive. Neither situation bodes well for great writing.... Continue Reading

Writing from the Gaps:
When Your Words are Gone

April 07,2015 You’ve run out of inspiration. You’ve run out of anywhere to run. It seems impossible. You set out days, weeks, months ago on a journey that was intended to bring you into new country,... Continue Reading
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