The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Piper Writers Studio FAQ

What is the Piper Writers Studio?

The Piper Writers Studio offers classes, workshops, mentorships, and other educational opportunities for creative writers of all backgrounds, genres, and skill levels to help writers advance their skills, achieve their goals, and grow as creative writers and human beings.

What kinds of classes and workshops do you offer?

Every class is different. While some focus on generating new work, others focus on workshop, planning, or revision. We also cover numerous topics and genres including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, young adult, science fiction, mystery, flash, social justice, translation, and more. To learn more about what kinds of classes and workshops we offer, you can view our current classes or view our past classes.

Who teaches your classes and workshops?

Our classes and workshops are taught by recognized authors, writers, professors, editors, agents, and other professionals within the creative writing community. To learn more about our faculty, you can view our current classes or view our past classes.

Where are classes and workshops?

Classes and workshops usually take place at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) on Arizona State University’s Tempe Campus. For more information about getting to the Piper Writers House, visit our “About” page at http://piper.asu.edu/about and click on the tab “Getting Here”. 

If a class or workshop does not take place at the Piper Writers House, more information will be made available on our website and disseminated via email to registrants.

Where should I park?

We recommend parking in the Fulton Center Parking Structure off University Blvd (just east of College Ave on the North Side of University). The Fulton Center is the closest lot to the Center and less than five minutes away. Parking is $3/hr or $15 all day. For more information about parking, visit our “About” page at http://piper.asu.edu/about and click on the tab “Getting Here”.

Do you offer online classes and workshops?

Not yet. The Piper Center will begin offering online classes and workshops in Fall 2018. To receive updates, you can like us on facebooksign up for our mailing list, or check back on our website at http://piper.asu.edu/classes.

How much are classes and workshops?

Every class is different. Costs range anywhere from $50 to $300 depending on course offerings and time. For more information, you can view our current classes or contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.zamora@asu.edu or 480.727.1787.

When do classes and workshops take place?

Classes and workshops are offered throughout the year, usually on weekday evenings or weekend mornings and afternoons. For more information, you can view our current classes or contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.zamora@asu.edu or 480.727.1787.

When are classes and workshops announced?

Classes and workshops are generally announced two to three months in advance of each season—July for Fall, November for Spring, and March for Summer. To receive updates, you can like us on Facebooksign up for our mailing list, or check back on our website at http://piper.asu.edu/classes.

How do I register?

All registrations take place online through our website. To register for a class, view the list of current classes at http://piper.asu.edu/classes, find the class you like, and click on the button “Register Here”. You should receive a confirmation email once registration is complete. If you have any questions about registering, contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora atFelicia.zamora@asu.edu or 480.727.1787.

When does registration close?

Registration closures vary. A course may close approximately one week before the class is scheduled to begin, but may also stay open until the day the course begins. For more information, you can view our current classes or contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.zamora@asu.edu or 480.727.1787.

Do you offer any discounts?

The Piper Center currently offers two discounts: one for students and one for ASU affiliates. While discounts vary depending on the class, students typically receive between 20 and 25% off; ASU affiliates typically receive around 10%. Please note discounts cannot be combined.

To claim the student discount, select “Student Registration” in the registration form and enter your student ID number or other information where prompted and appropriate. Please note that students do not need to be students of Arizona State University to receive the discount, and are eligible so long as they are currently enrolled in classes at a high school, community college, university, or other educational institution.

To claim the ASU discount please contact the Education Programs Coordinator at Felicia.Zamora@asu.edu. Please note that any student, faculty, or staff member of Arizona State University is eligible to receive the ASU Affiliate discount as well as alumni and alumnae.

Do you offer refunds?

Refunds can be provided up to 24 hours before a class or workshop is scheduled to begin (minus a $50 handling fee). For more information, view our current classes or contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.zamora@asu.edu or 480.727.1787.

Do I need to have taken other creative writing classes or be a writer to take classes and workshops?

No. As long as you’re interested in creative writing and willing to learn, individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome to attend. Classes intended for writers with more experience will be indicated on our website. If you have any questions about a particular class, please feel free to view our current classes or contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.zamora@asu.edu or 480.727.1787.

Do I need to be an ASU student to take classes and workshops?

No. Classes and workshops are intended for all members of the community. That being said, ASU students are welcome at classes, too. 

Can I receive ASU credit?

No. All Piper Writers Studio courses are noncredit, professional development courses where no college credit is offered. For for-credit creative writing classes, visit ASU’s Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at http://english.clas.asu.edu.  

Can I receive Professional Development / Continuing Educational credit?

Yes. All Piper Writers Studio courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). Please contact the Education Programs Coordinator for more information about CEU’s.

Can I teach a class?

You can apply to teach with Piper. To apply to teach a class, you will need to submit a course proposal. To learn more about course proposals, visit our website at http://piper.asu.edu/classes/teach or contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.zamora@asu.edu or 480.727.1787.