How can poetics serve our most socially urgent writing? Writing about race [for example] is a polemic,” writes Cathy Park Hong, “but also a lyric, in that our inner consciousness is knotted with contradictions.” To investigate this convergence, this course explores the creative nonfiction resistance essay. We will read contemporary works by Aisha Sabatini Sloan, José Orduña, Sarah de Leeuw, and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas—and, in honor the essay’s genre-defying roots, we will also read hybrid/fluid/genre-contested works by writers such as Tommy Pico and Claudia Rankine.
The Piper Writers Studio
Serving writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience
Not yet open for registration, please stay tuned for Fall 2021 classes!
Beyond our annual creative writing conference, the Piper Writers Studio is the educational arm of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, offering creative writing classes, workshops, and other educational opportunities in in-person and online formats for writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience.
All classes are non-credit, and are intended for and open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend.
Students also have the opportunity to read at our annual Piper Writers Studio Showcase.
For other educational opportunites, you can learn about our Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference.
For for-credit classes, you can contact the Creative Writing Program at Arizona State University.