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.


Fall 2014 Classes

  • “Turning Your Friends and Family into Fiction Without Them Hating You”

    with Eugenio Volpe Workshop Type: 4-Week, Fall, Fiction, Listed, Online
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Fiction
    Type: Online
    From: Thursday, 02 October 2014
    To: Thursday, 30 October 2014

    Workshop Summary:

    You won’t be lying on the psychologist’s couch in this class. You will be the psychologist posing questions upon yourself, friends, and family. You won’t be analyzing them in person (although there will be exercises that involve interviewing people as inThis American Life). You’ll be doing so in the form of writing exercises and the crafting of stories. You’ll be taking a hard look at yourself and those around you, and then stealing what you find for the sake of your story.TheMessage_Cover-1

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  • “THE ART OF NON-FICTION NARRATIVE”

    with Alan di Perna Workshop Type: 4-Week, Fall, In-Person, Listed, Nonfiction
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Nonfiction
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    From: Tuesday, 07 October 2014
    To: Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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

    While non-fiction writing deals mainly in facts and concepts, it is the writer’s job to fashion those facts and concepts into a compelling narrative that will engage readers right from the very first sentence and hold their interest throughout. In so doing, the non-fiction writer can draw from fiction’s rich vocabulary of storytelling techniques—blending them with the time-honored conventions and resources of non-fiction prose. This workshop will explore creative strategies for non-fiction works ranging from magazine features to book length histories, biographies, self-help titles and other works. A great story is what attracts readers and publishers of fiction and non fiction alike. This  workshop will help writers craft non-fiction works that sell.
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  • “Reading (Poetry) like a Robber”

    with Jeredith Merrin Workshop Type: 2014, 4-Week, Fall, In-Person, Listed, Poetry, Workshop Length
    Length: 4-Week
    Genre: Poetry
    Type: In-Person
    Location: ASU Campus, Tempe» View Map
    From: Tuesday, 07 October 2014
    To: Tuesday, 28 October 2014

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

    In this class, we are going to read magnificent old poems as well as newer poems, looking at how they are fashioned and why they work: formal and free verse, long- and short-lined poems, poems written originally in English as well as a few poems in translation. This isn’t going to be a dry academic experience, but a way of revitalizing your own work–revising your drafts into stronger poems, and creating new poems out of sheer excitement and love of the craft. The best teachers in the world are the poems themselves—and so we are going to read together and help one another see what ideas are there for the taking. We are going to read like robbers.

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  • “Writing for the Busy Professional and Parent: Lessons Learned about Craft, Commitment, and Creativity”

    with Michele Feeney Workshop Type: 1-Day, 2014, All Levels, Fall, In-Person, Listed, Multi-Genre, Season
    Length: 1-Day
    Genre: Multi-Genre
    Type: In-Person
    Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for writers of all skill levels.
    Location: ASU Campus, Tempe
    Date: Saturday, 27 September 2014
    Time: 9:30am to 3:30pm
    Workshop Summary:

    This workshop is for busy people who have the desire to write, find life gets in the way, yet never forget or quit. Re-ignite the creative urge and generate new work in a supportive community of like-minded writers.

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  • “Self-Publishing: Are You Ready for This?”

    with Kris Tualla Workshop Type: 1-Day, All Levels, Draft manuscript must be completed, Fall, In-Person, Listed, Publishing
    Length: 1-Day
    Genre: Publishing
    Type: In-Person
    Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for writers of all skill levels.
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    Date: Saturday, 11 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
    Workshop Summary:

    Student will study with Kris Tualla, a dynamic award-winning and internationally published author of historical romance and suspense, writes with a fast-paced and succinct style. 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.  Kris's Book Covers

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  • “The Art of Self-Discovery Through Obsessive Images in Our Poetry”

    with Rebecca Dyer Workshop Type: 1-Day, Fall, In-Person, Listed, Poetry
    Length: 1-Day
    Genre: Poetry
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    Date: Saturday, 11 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
    Workshop Summary:

    As poets, we all have images we carry around with us, sometimes for years, sometimes even since childhood. Vivid, Technicolor images that haunt our conscious minds, but more likely are performing intricate machinations in our unconscious imaginations. But what is that obsessive image ultimately trying to tell us? Do we put it on the back burner because we’re so busy … or because we’re afraid of it? The goal of this workshop is to take on these obsessive images without fear and to use them as keys to unlocking the poems they are meant to become. We will be like hermit crabs, taking on our obsessive images as we see fit as we sojourn down our beach. This workshop promises to provide a big dose of fun, a smidgen of angst and risk-taking, but, most importantly, we’ll learn a little something about ourselves. Along the way, we’ll also find out: Just what is it with Elizabeth Bishop and that big fish anyway?

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  • “Writing The Dream”

    with Kelly Lydick Workshop Type: 1-Day, Fall, In-Person, Listed, Multi-Genre
    Length: 1-Day
    Genre: Multi-Genre
    Type: In-Person
    Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
    Date: Saturday, 11 October 2014
    Time: 9:30am-3:30pm
    Workshop Summary:

    This workshop will look deeply at the symbolism of dreams and the language of the subconscious, primarily from a Jungian perspective. Participants will look at individual dreams* and learn how to deconstruct these dreams to gain a deeper understanding of the structure of story that inherently lives within each of us.
    *Prerequisite : Each participant must be prepared to discuss 1-3 dreams that they have experienced and recorded in order to be able to participate. 

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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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