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Writing for Children for Fun and (Very Little) Profit with James Riley

Date(s): Thursday, September 24, 2020, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Arizona Time
Craft Class, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Children's Books, Creative Practice, Editing, Fairy Tales, Writing Process
Cost: $49

About the Class

Join James Riley, the New York Times bestselling author of the Story ThievesHalf Upon a Time, and The Revenge of Magic series as he leads a workshop on writing for children, including: how to come up with an idea; how to come up with another idea when the first one doesn't work; why first drafts are always bad; looking into the abyss and waiting for it to look back; dealing with existential angst about never achieving your dreams; achieving those dreams anyway; and the editing process.

Riley will also be presenting a talk and reading, Fractured Fairy Tales: How to Fix Humpty Dumpty Even If You’re a King’s Horse, the prior day.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of James Riley

James Riley is the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time series, the Story Theives series, and the Revenge of Magic series. He currently lives in Northern Virginia, outside of Washington, D.C., because that’s where his cats are. He has three of them. Other people think that’s a bit much, and yet, he wants more. More. MORE!

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