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

Date(s): Saturday, May 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Craft Class, Presentation, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Children's Books, Creative Practice, Editing, Fairy Tales, Writing Process
Cost: $69 Regular, $59 Student

About the Class

In order to prioritize the health of our community, this event has been postponed due to concerns around the potential spread of COVID-19. Future dates will be announced on our website and social media as soon as they become available. If you have any questions, please reach out to Education Programs Manager Malik Toms at For more information about our response to COVID-19, read the Piper Center's statement at or visit ASU's official website at

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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