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Beginning Your Novel with Amy K. Nichols

Date(s): Thursdays, September 2-30, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Class
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Novels
Cost: $199 Regular

About the Class

Have you always wanted to write a novel but aren’t sure how to get started? Or maybe you’ve tried writing a novel once or twice, only to fizzle out and give up somewhere around page fifty. In this workshop we’ll examine the building blocks that make for a complete and compelling novel; then, guided by masters of the novel form, we will utilize brainstorming and writing exercises to craft the foundational elements of the story you want to write. Although the course is virtual, we will be meeting together online to discuss the course materials, to ask questions, and to build community with other likeminded writers. The goal is for participants to be fully outfitted for the novel-writing journey and well on their way into their first drafts by the end of the five-week course.

How to sign up

This course is hosted on the ASU Canvas platform and includes weekly virtual class meetings as well as digital work spaces for feedback from fellow participants as well as the instructor. 

It will require registering through ASU Learning Enterprise.

Meet Your Instructor

Amy K. Nichols is the author of YA science fiction novels Now That You’re Here and While You Were Gone, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. She has served as a Teaching Associate with the Your Novel Year program at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, as well as the Writer in Residence for the Glendale Public Library. Insatiably curious, Amy dabbles in art and quantum physics, and has a long list of things to do before she dies. She lives with her family on the outskirts of Phoenix, AZ.

About the Piper Writers Studio

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. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at