The Piper Writers Studio offers a variety of classes for writers of all levels, and each course is led by an experienced writer and teacher. Courses are available in-person and online, as One-day workshops, 4-week workshops, or 6-week Master Classes.
For those interested in developing a novel-length work under long-term instruction, please follow the link to learn more about the Piper Center’s premier Online Certificate in Writing the Novel.
The regular registration cost for a one-day Piper Writers Studio workshop is $125.00 per class, and regular registration cost for a 4-week Piper Writers Studio workshop is $225.00 per class. Tuition discounts are available for Piper Friends members; ASU Faculty, Staff, and Students; ASU Alumni; and Arizona Teachers, both current and retired.
4-Week In-Person Workshops
Hoping to be a published children’s writer? Want to know how the industry works? This workshop shares an insider’s look at the ever-changing publishing world, with tips for success and advice from top editors and agents. Find the best editor for your writing style. Learn how to format your manuscript, write a compelling query letter and properly submit your work. Consider new publishing alternatives. You don’t have to have a finished manuscript to benefit from this session—come gather the most up-to-date tools, resources and information to reach your publishing goal.Learn MoreRegister
In this class we will discuss the different paths for publishing your work (any genre), and delve into the two major areas self-publishers need to be aware of: creating a quality product, and basic self-promotion. In addition, we will critique the first five pages of any students who feel they are ready for feedback.Learn MoreRegister
4-Week Online Workshops
Historians write about dead people; historical novelists write to give them new life. This four-week course on historical fiction will explore how the novelist can bring the past to life with engaging characters, compelling stories and historical detail. Topics will include analysis and comparison of historical fiction genres, how to research your time period of choice, how to layer in historical facts with a light touch, drawing the line between fact and fiction, being true to your story, and much more.Learn MoreRegister
In this four-week class, participants will be introduced to a variety of “generative engines” and will use them to compose poems. Constraint- based and often formal in nature, generative engines are methods of composition that will, ideally, propel your writing forward into places you may or may not have anticipated it to go. For the purposes of the class, we will value discovery and play as agents of creative production, which is to say, participants will not only write, but, hopefully, have fun doing so! In addition to writing, we will read and discuss writing that uses generative engines, including poems by Joe Brainard, Carolyn Forché, Harryette Mullen, Christian Bök, Cathy Park Hong, Inger Christensen, and various Oulipo practitioners. This class is geared toward all levels of writers, from the experienced writer who wants to explore new compositional strategies or who is in a rut to new(er) writers who want to discover the breadth of compositional possibilities.Learn MoreRegister