(Application Deadline Past – October 31st, 2015)

Your Novel Year at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is the only online Certificate Program in the country for those looking to write Young Adult or Science Fiction/Fantasy novels. The Certificate Program combines intensive workshopping under the guidance of award-winning instructors with one-on-one mentorship with world-class authors in your genre. The goal is to provide you a structured environment in which you can write your novel in 18 months.

The program is a unique combination of six workshop courses and two periods of one-on-one mentorship designed to take you from the first words you write to the final manuscript. You’ll start with a writing intensive and then travel through a series of three workshops in which you’ll share drafts of chapters with the small cohort of talented students in the program. Along the way, you’ll have two opportunities to work one-on-one with an accomplished author in your genre. Finally, you’ll take courses in revision and publishing designed to get you ready to submit your manuscript to agents or editors.

Our mentors include, in Young Adult:

  • Barry Lyga
  • Varian Johnson
  • Sharon Flake
  • Tom Leveen
  • Amy Nichols
  • Jim Blasingame
  • Karen Harrington
  • Martha Brockenbrough
  • Kimberley Griffiths Little

In Science Fiction/Fantasy:

  • Bob Vardeman
  • Jean Rabe
  • Kevin Anderson
  • Marcy Rockwell
  • Jeff Mariotte
  • John Helfers
  • Paul Cook

Admission to this program is competitive, and it is by application only. We keep our cohorts small (between 10-14 students) so that you’ll find a strong sense of connection with others who are involved in the same creative endeavor.

Because the program is online, you’ll be able to take the class from the comfort of your home, whenever it’s most convenient for you. And at the same time, there are opportunities for fellowship, both online and in person (the annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference is an opportunity to meet with fellow students as well as faculty).

By writing on a daily basis and following the steps of the program, by the end of 18 months you will either be finished with a book-length manuscript or close to it. It’s all up to you. Just know that your instructors and fellow cohort members will be cheering you on along the way.

For more information about the timeline of the program, click here. Check for Frequently Asked Questions, look at the Expectations for our students, or Apply for the program.

An Accelerated Online Writing Certificate

  • Small Classes
  • Expert Instruction
  • A Full 18 Months of Mentoring
  • Supportive Community of Fellow Writers

Two Tracks:

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Young Adult Fiction

Prefer to talk with someone about the program by phone? Click here

For any additional questions please check the FAQ page or email us at: pipercenter.info@asu.edu