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
Ever dream of writing a children’s book? Now’s your chance to do it! This workshop explores the world of children’s literature from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels, poetry to nonfiction, always focusing on elements of craftsmanship. The instructive format is energetic, full of facts, anecdotes and encouragement to really get you started. Multi-media presentations are followed by guided discussions and opportunities for student readings and optional critiques. Experiment writing in several genres for young readers, knowledge gained will help make your dream of writing a children’s book a reality.Learn MoreRegister
Got mystery? This hands on mystery writing course taught by an award winning mystery author of two successful series is for you. The course will include information on writing a series and inserting human rights problems into plots to make them more contemporary and meaningful.
Upon completion of the class, students will be better prepared to write, edit, and submit their manuscripts to an agent or publisher.Learn MoreRegister
- Sharon Suzuki-Martinez Learn MoreRegister
4-Week Online Workshops
- Phil Holland Learn MoreRegister
At its heart, every work of creative nonfiction has a particular moment that defines it. For the journalist, it might be a crucial detail; for the memoirist, a turning point in her life; for the travel writer, a lens through which he views a journey. By reading and discussing the work of other nonfiction writers – as well as your own – we’ll explore ways to identify that moment, how to build the structure of a nonfiction work around it and how to use it to create and maintain tension throughout the story.
By the completion of the course, students will be familiar with the tools for researching, writing and editing a work of creative nonfiction, and will have completed a draft of a nonfiction writing project of about 1,500 words.Learn MoreRegister
Your characters can’t do anything if they’re nowhere. Geography is destiny, and literary characters, like real people, are detainees of time and place. Who they are and what happens to them (plot) is usually a result of their immediate surroundings. However, setting is more than just blossoming trees and impressive architecture. Setting is both the historical and phenomenological sum of a character’s parts. In this course, we will examine and exercise ways to develop the world in which your character thrives and suffers. We will paint the picture of how your character got where and why.Learn MoreRegister