The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

July Classes and Workshops

What are you waiting for?

There's no time like the present. The Piper Writers Studio offers numerous creative writing classes and workshops throughout the year, with flexible scheduling around work and family. 

All classes are not for-credit, and are intended for and open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student or affiliate to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome to attend.

To find an upcoming class, select a class from the list below or use the menu to the side. You can also meet current instructorsview past classes, or learn more about the Piper Writers Studio.

For other events and programs, you can learn about our annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference or find talks and readings.

Find July Classes and Workshops

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop
Genre: Hybrid, Poetry

Participants will consider the ways in which language shapes our understanding of our bodies and how it impacts our experiences of good health and illness. Through readings, conversations, and writing and movement exercises, we will explore how we describe our bodies and their functions (or dysfunctions), how medicine and healthcare systems describe our bodies and their functions, and how poetry regards both.


Date: Tuesdays, July 23 - August 13, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Experimental, Fiction, Hybrid, Poetry

We experience our lives through form. The layout of a house, the format of a letter, or the etiquette of public interaction. When these forms shift, we are forced to take notice. In this cross-genre writing studio, we will examine how language and narrative develop differently according to structural decisions crafted by the author. Participants will explore how voice, themes and images emerge through attention to life’s many architectures, and experiment with new narrative and poetic forms based on their own unique personal experiences and close readings of a range of texts.


Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre: Fiction, Flash, Short Stories

How do we create an expansive world from a limited setting? How do writers maintain narrative movement when they're confined to a single household? In this workshop, we will examine the works of Shirley Jackson, Marilynne Robinson, as well as scenes from films that engage with similar narrative structures in order to investigate how invention can operate in a compact space. Our class will dive into these stories, perform writing exercises, and achieve a better understanding of how constraints in storytelling can allow for a more substantial sense of freedom.