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The Piper Writers Studio

Serving writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience

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.

Each student who completes a class receives an electronic certificate. Students also have the opportunity to read at our annual Piper Writers Studio Showcase.  

To learn more about the Piper Writers Studio, you can visit the about page or view upcoming classes below. You can also meet our instructorsview past classes, or even teach a class yourself.

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

Find Upcoming Classes and Workshops

In Search of Magic
Diana Marie Delgado

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre: Poetry
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Powerful magic resides in language but what if we invoke that power further by adopting fantastical aspects into our own writing? In this three-hour workshop we will discuss Lucie Brock-Broido, Alice Notely and Marosa di Georgio, poets whose work occupy spaces of dread, astonishment—and magic. We will explore their use of symbols in haunted landscapes, their gestures to the unseen and discuss how by incorporating the supernatural, we might bypass the self, and tap into a vaster, more ancient consciousness.


Photograph of Justin Petropoulos
Date: Wednesdays, October 30 - November 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Discussion, Generative Workshop
Genre: Experimental, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Poetry
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The poet David Lehman says, “[t]he prose poem is…poetry that disguises its true nature.” In this course we will explore the prose poem through the lens of disguise. Through in-class readings, discussions, and generative writing exercises we will explore what is hidden and what we can hide in prose poems. The prose poem, like a chameleon, adapts to its surroundings taking on the colors of anything from newspaper articles to diary entries, from instruction manuals to fairy tales.


Nuestra Voz
Luis Ávila

Date: Jueves, 7 de noviembre, 2019, 5:30 p.m. a 8:30 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre: Essays, Fiction, Flash, Hybrid, Poetry, Social Justice
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Nuestros días están colmados de información. Canales noticiosos repitiendo frases producidas desde el poder 24 horas al día, políticos atacando grupos minoritarios, crisis manufacturadas, comunidades desbordadas en las calles, en poemas, canciones y redes sociales. Estos días son para capturarse, para explicarse y complicarse. En este curso exploraremos herramientas literarias para expresar el momento político y social en el que vivimos. El objetivo final será que cada participante produzca un texto que en su opinión ayude a otros a reflexionar en la coyuntura social de nuestros días.


Photograph of Michael A. Stackpole

21 Days to a Novel
Michael A. Stackpole

Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Presentation, Workshop, Lecture, Generative Workshop
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Genre Fiction, Novels, Science Fiction
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New York Times Bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole presents his three-hour program for preparing yourself to write a novel. This set of 21 exercises is broken down to give you everything from character creation to world building, practical plotting devices, dialogue development and character voice creation tools. This program is a practical, kick-in-the-pants place to start your career.