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About the Piper Writers Studio

Your home for creative writing classes and workshops in metro Phoenix

As the main educational arm of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, the Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. 

All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. 

Class sizes are kept small--usually between 8 and 16 students--in order to maximize the amount of instruction and develop closer relationships between students, faculty, and the class as a whole. Individual classes range from single afternoons to multiple weeks, are taught by local and visiting faculty, and are offered at various times throughout the year. While individual costs vary depending upon the content and duration of the course, classes are usually between $75 and $250, with a number of discounts for various members of the community.

Our students are our pride and joy. At the end of each course, each student receives a digital certificate for all of their hard work. Students also have the opportunity to come together and share their work at our annual Piper Writers Studio showcase ever December. And when our students get published, win awards, or achieve other accomplishments and recognition, we share the good news on social media. 

Interested in teaching? As a platform for professional development, we're always accepting pitches or proposals for new courses, too. 

To learn more about the Piper Writers Studio, you can view the tabs below. You can also find upcoming classes, meet our instructors, or view past classes

Our Purpose

At the Piper Writers Studio, we believe in the power of your words. We believe in your artistic momentum and how education can transform dreams into realities. We encourage professional development in all areas of creative writing and literary business for beginning writers to intermediate writer to seasoned authors to those who don’t know they are writers yet. The Studio welcomes all levels of learners and seeks to meet you where you are at your creative journey. We offer our communities high-quality educational experiences in multi-genre learning opportunities through diverse arrays of creative writing and literary business topics, faculty, delivery modes, and access points.

With a listening ear and an open door, we are honored to be the place where artist go to further their skills and build their imaginations. We foster creativity, one writer at a time.

To learn more about the Piper Writers Studio, you can find upcoming classesmeet our instructors, or view past classes

Find a Class or Workshop

Location, Parking, Directions, and More

Generally speaking, all classes take place at the Piper Writers House, located on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281). For comprehensive information about parking, directions, and our campus location, please visit our "Getting Here" page.

More specific information is also sent out to registered students via email in the weeks leading up to the class.

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Discounts

As part of our continuing efforts to increase access to creative writing education in various communities, the Piper Center offers discounts for students, senior citizens, ASU Affiliates, and other groups.

Generally speaking, discounts are between 10% and 20% off each class, and are claimed by entering an ID number or contacting the Piper Center to receive a code.

To learn more, visit our discounts page.

If you have any questions about discount codes or would like to explore discount rates, scholarships, or other forms of access for your business or community, please contact Associate Director Angie Dell at 480.727.0815 or amdell@asu.edu

Pitch us a Class or Workshop

Interested in teaching? The Piper Writers Studio is looking for interactive, compelling, and thought-provoking course proposals across all genres, backrounds, and forms, in any manner or style of delivery. 

Pitching us a class or workshop is easy. All you need to do is send us your course title, description, and professional biography.

To learn more about teaching with Piper, just read our full guidelines and submit your course proposal today! 

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