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From the Stage to the Page: Writing Dialogue Workshop with Amy Fellner Dominy

From the Stage to the Page: Writing Dialogue Workshop with Amy Fellner Dominy

Do you struggle to write realistic dialogue? Confused about tags? In this workshop, participants will examine dramatic techniques to write stronger, more believable scenes.

Literary Astronomy: Workshop as Wonder with David Joseph

Literary Astronomy: Workshop as Wonder with David Joseph

Sometimes the urge to 'fix' or 'clean up' our stories can lead to feelings of inadequacy and dismay. This workshop begins with the philosophy that every creative work is a wonder, as worthy of awe as a supernova.

From Notes to Narrative: Creating Stories from Our Daily Lives with Warren Glynn

From Notes to Narrative: Creating Stories from Our Daily Lives with Warren Glynn

From shopping lists and brochures to memos and notes, our daily lives are littered with random documents. What if there was a way to turn them into fiction? How can we put these mundane objects to use?

Experimental Games of Found Writing: A Workshop with Justin Noga

Experimental Games of Found Writing: A Workshop with Justin Noga

The world is full of conversations, labels, and other odd bits of language. How can we use found text to tease out setting, characters, theme, images, and other disparates parts of narrative craft?

Fiction Writing Intensive with James Sallis; Original Photo credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY

Fiction Writing Intensive with James Sallis

Join renowned writer James Sallis for a two-day, eight-hour intensive course on the fundamentals of writing good fiction

The Piper Writers Studio

The Pipers Writers Studio offers classes, workshops, and mentorship opportunities to help writers advance their craft, achieve their goals, and grow as creative writers and human beings.

Class sizes are kept intentionally small--usually between 8 and 12 students--to maximize the amount of instruction and develop closer relationships between students, faculty, and the class as a whole. Classes range from single afternoons to multiple weeks and are offered at various times throughout the year. Individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome.

All classes takes place at the Piper Writers House at Arizona State University (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) unless otherwise noted. For information about directions and parking, visit our about page.

Students currently enrolled in institutions of higher or continuing education receive discounts on all classes. Verification of student status must be provided upon request. Discounts vary depending on the class.

ASU Affiliates receive 10% off all classes as well. To receive your discount code, simply send us an email at pipercenter.info@asu.edu.

For more information, send the Piper Center an email or call us at 480.965.6018. You can also visit our facebook group.

Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Date: Mondays, June 11 - 25, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Fiction
This course teaches the philosophy that each creative work is a wonder, as worthy of awe as a supernova or speck of space dust. Our intention is not an idea of correctness – our intention is to leave workshop feeling invigorated, encouraged, and aware of the greatness already within the universe on the page.

Date: Tuesdays, July 10 - 24, 2018, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction

We all have them, swirling around us each day. These ordinary components of our lives that litter our purses, desktops, wallets, drawers, and countertops. Consider all the shopping lists, brochures, memos, notes, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations occupying your space -- what if there was a way to gain inspiration for our fiction writing through these seemingly mundane documents? Let’s put these objects to creative use!


Date: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction
Our world is full of misheard conversations, misread labels, misspoken phrases, old postcards from unknown lovers, lists from angry children found on a jog —these are the hidden gems of the creative process. From found texts and influences, participants will be encouraged to write in collaboration and examination of these found items.

Date: Saturdays, August 4 - 11, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Lecture, Seminar
Genre: Crime Writing, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction

Join renowned writer James Sallis for a two-day, eight-hour intensive course on the fundamentals of writing good fiction— including the foundation, cornerstones, edges, and walls. Writers will gather over two half day sessions to get moving, get back on track, and get motivated to write! This intensive course will cover an overview of the multitude of choices you have as a fiction writer and how those choices interconnect to give a story its specific signature, density, and weight.