Current Classes and Workshops

Novel Starters
Hallie Ephron

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Arizona Time
Type: Presentation, Workshop
Genre: Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels
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This free workshop will prepare you to hit the ground running for National Novel Writing month. We'll get you ready to write a novel--the planning, the mindset, the logistics. We'll go through the basics--plot and character, of course, and the all-important structure. Participants will walk away with a blueprint for a novel.

Date: Mondays, November 2 - 30, 2020, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Arizona time
Genre: Fiction, Genre Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels, Speculative Fiction
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With NanoWrimo going completely virtual this year, the Piper Writers Studio is teaming with Phoenix NanoWrimo to create a virtual space for Nano authors to come together and discuss their work. This space is available every Monday throughout the month and free to all who need it.

Advanced Poetry Workshop
Jabari Jawan Allen

Date: Wednesdays, November 4 - 18, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Arizona time
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry, Sexuality
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In this three-day generative craft seminar, we will explore the erotic god, subversion versus abolition in form, and the contemporization of the sonnet through the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins, John Donne, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Brooks, Wanda Coleman, Malachi Black, Phillip B. Williams, Natasha Oladokun, and more.

Stories That Stand Still
Carmen Maria Machado

Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Arizona Time
Type: Craft Class, Craft Talk, Presentation
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories
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In this talk, we’ll explore the craft of writing fiction that doesn’t move—fiction contained in a single, discreet space as large as a house, and as small as a bed—and the implication it has for our understanding of gender, characterization, and plot. Stories discussed will include Angela Carter’s “The Fall-River Axe Murders,” Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers,” Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” and Nancy Hale’s “The Earliest Dreams.”

Machado will also be presenting a talk and reading the previous day.

Story Starters
Leah Newsom

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Arizona time
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Fiction, Mixed Genre, Short Stories
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In this ‘creative calisthenics’ course we will explore a variety of ways to start the writing process through prompts, exercises, and avenues of exploration and play unique to your instructor. We will work through the hurdles of starting a story and develop methods to make our own creatively generating exercises. Regardless of the genre you're writing in, this course will provide tools for getting the figurative (or literal) ink on the page.