Welcome to the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is a home for writers, readers, and the literary community

Readings and Talks

Picture of Visiting Writer Michael Ondaatje in 2012

The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series brings some of today's most recognized authors to the Valley for readings, talks, and other engagements with the local community

Classes and Workshops

Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio offers intimate and accessible creative writing classes and workshops with acclaimed faculty members in person and online formats

Writers Conference

The annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is three days of craft and community in the beautiful historic quarter of Arizona State University

Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative is an interdisciplinary partnership exploring how literature can shape and impact the public's thinking and action around climate change.

Learn More about the Initiative

Cover of Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction

In 2015, the Climate and Imagination Futures Initiative put out a call for speculative fiction exploring climate change. After receiving nearly 1,000 submissions, 12 were selected to be published in a volume entitled Everything Change, available as a free download and e-book.

Give to the Center

Donations to the Center support our programs, fund scholarship opportunities for students and community members, and increase public access to contemporary literature.

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