The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Piper Writers Studio FAQ

How much do classes cost?

While the cost of each class is determined on a case-by-case basis (depending on length, content, nature, etc), costs range from $50 to $250.

Do you offer any discounts for classes?

Various discounts are available for members of the Piper Circle of Friends (more information for which can be found here).

Do I have to be an ASU student to take these workshops? 

Absolutely not. While ASU students are welcome, the majority of participants are from the community. There are no pre-requisites for taking most Piper Writers Studio workshops, except in the case the 6-week Master Classes, which may have certain enrollment requirements depending on the course.

Can I get ASU credit for taking these workshops?

No. These writing workshops are purely non-academic. For-credit writing classes are taught through the Department of English. 

Can I get Professional Development/Continuing Education credit?

Yes, you can. Once you’ve signed up for a course, please fill out the Professional Development Form.When you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate via snail-mail confirming your credit-hours. For more information on Professional Development, click here.

Where do the classes meet?

In-person courses meet at the Piper Writers House on the ASU Tempe campus. Click here for a map. 

How long do the classes meet?

Four-week classes are scheduled for two hours each week, on a single night. One-day courses meet for five hours on a Saturday and explore a topic in depth. 

When is new information available on the website?

We generally post class descriptions two months before they begin. If you would like to receive notices when new workshops are scheduled, sign up for our mailing list.

What if my plans change?

We can provide a full refund of your Piper Writers Studio tuition, minus a $50 handling fee, any time up to 24 hours before the first class meeting. Please email Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at with the subject line "PWS Refund".

How do I register for a Piper Writers Studio class? 

The entire registration process can be completed online; please follow the links to enroll in your course of choice. A confirmation will be emailed to you once your registration is complete.