Piper Writers Studio

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, four-week workshops, or six-week Master Classes.


Winter 2015 Classes

Registration Opens Soon!

  • “WRITE NOW”

    with Diane Goodman Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, Fiction, In-Person, Listed, Multi-Genre, Season, Winter
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: FictionMulti-Genre
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    From: Wednesday, 14 January 2015
    To: Wednesday, 04 February 2015

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

    There’s no time like the present so let’s write now. In this course, we will explore the essential elements of fiction—narrative strategies, point-of-view, character, place, plot, layers of meaning—as well as challenges all writers face, such as getting started, getting stuck, and effective revision. In addition to our primary focus—workshopping participants’ writing—we will engage in the careful analysis of selected readings and perfect our reading aloud skills.

    diangoobook       DGbook      dianegoodmanbook

    Learn MoreRegistration opens Friday, 24 October 2014
  • “Eight Poet Laureates in Eight Weeks”

    with Valerie Bandura Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, In-Person, Listed, Poetry, Winter
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Poetry
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    From: Wednesday, 14 January 2015
    To: Wednesday, 04 February 2015

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

    Recent poets assigned to the post of U.S. Poet Laureate, including Philip Levine, M.S. Merwin, Kay Ryan, Charles Simic, Louise Gluck, Billy Collins, Robert Hass, Rita Dove, 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. This class will be held in two four-week sessions for a total of eight weeks, four in January and four in April. Students may register for both or individual sessions.
    Freak Show

    Learn MoreRegistration opens Friday, 24 October 2014
  • “Killer Thriller Short Stories from Concept to Execution”

    with Deborah J. Ledford Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, In-Person, Listed, Mystery/Crime Fiction, Winter
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Mystery/Crime Fiction
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Workshop Summary:

    Storytelling in the shorter format to create a captivating world of words. This four week course gives you the opportunity to learn from an award-winning author of short story and novels specializing in the crime fiction genre. Tips for creating stories that scream to be published and concepts beneficial for any length of fiction will be presented to help you leap to the productive phase of your writing.

    CRESCENDO-Deborah J Ledford         SNARE-Deborah J Ledford         STACCATO-Deborah J Ledford

    Learn MoreRegistration opens Friday, 24 October 2014

  • “Literary Conflict and the Art of the Dramatic Story”

    with Phil Holland Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, All Levels, Fiction, Listed, Online, Winter
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Fiction
    Type: Online
    Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for writers of all skill levels.
    Location: Online
    From: Tuesday, 06 January 2015
    To: Monday, 02 February 2015

    Workshop Summary:

    We’ve all experienced the difference between a story that grabs and holds our attention and one that does not. What makes for this difference? Are there tried and true techniques – no matter what our chosen genre – that can intensify the drama of our stories? This four-week course will explore one such technique: literary conflict. By analyzing a variety of examples from diverse eras and genres, we will look at how this technique has been used by writers down the ages, from ancient dramas to contemporary fiction, plays, films, and television dramas, even in non-fiction histories, biographies, and memoirs.

    Learn MoreRegistration opens Friday, 24 October 2014

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.

Registration Costs

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, Supporters, or Fellows; ASU Faculty, Staff, and Students; and Arizona Teachers, both current and retired. Get more information on becoming a Piper Friend. View registration details 


 

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