The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

April Classes and Workshops

What are you waiting for?

There's no time like the present. The Piper Writers Studio offers numerous creative writing classes and workshops throughout the year, with flexible scheduling around work and family. 

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

To find an upcoming class, select a class from the list below or use the menu to the side. You can also meet current instructorsview past classes, or learn more about the Piper Writers Studio.

For other events and programs, you can learn about our annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference or find talks and readings.

Find April Classes and Workshops

Date: Mondays, March 2 - April 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Genre Fiction, Mystery, Novels, Science Fiction, Short Stories

The Piper Writers Studio hosts novelist and fiction writer James Sallis for an eight-week advanced fiction workshop for individuals who are actively working on a fiction project, are looking to publish, or have already published work. During this course, students will receive:


Photograph of Judith Starkston

Writing Historical Fiction
Judith Starkston

Date: Thursdays, April 2 - 16, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Mystery, Research
Writing historical fiction requires a special skill set, including: balancing accuracy and storytelling, building historical worlds with powerful emotional effect, using primary documents for rich scenes, developing immersive setting without overburdening the story, creating engagement and believability with historical details, and composing convincing dialogue. We will integrate these topics into students’ practice by dissecting models and by generating/reworking students’ writing.

Photograph of Lorin Drexler

Sound and Vision
Lorin Drexler

Date: Saturdays, April 4 - 18, 2020, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Flash, Poetry
As Rumi once wrote, “I can’t stop pointing to the beauty. Every moment and place says, ‘Put this design in your carpet!” In this exploratory three-week generative class, we will engage multidisciplinary modes of creativity to guide inspiration for writing poetry and/or flash fiction.

Photograph of Robert Ostrom

Lyric Poetry
Robert Ostrom

Date: Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry

From Sappho to Claudia Rankine, in this workshop we will observe how conceptualizations of lyric poetry have changed, paying close attention to what about these poems stirs, provokes, and excites us. Then, by excavating personal memory, emotions, and dreams through a variety of in-class writing exercises, we will experiment with the lyric in our own practice. During our time together, we will conduct procedures to beckon the muse by unearthing our distinctive inner-symbols and metaphors, exploring image and music-making, and employing leaps.