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Break a Vase: Gathering the Pieces with María Fernanda

Date(s): Saturdays, April 24 - May 1, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Class, Generative Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Essays, Fiction, Poetry, Writing Process
Cost: $99 Regular, $89 Student

About the Class

How does fragmentation strengthen and connect us to the most crucial details of our lives? This workshop disrupts our familiarity with writing toward the story structure of beginning, middle, and end. We will delve into generative writing activities, where participants will be encouraged to explore excerpts of text messages, flyers, email subject lines, overheard conversations, and more. We will look to the classic Japanese genre Zuihitsu, defined by its emulation of a painter’s brushstrokes, as our guide. This style gathers loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas on one page. Participants will have the opportunity to request feedback on their writing created during the first of two workshops. During the second, participants will return with a new draft and explore additional fresh activities, inspiring lasting connections. The title of this workshop is inspired by Derek Walcott’s 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature speech.

Meet Your Instructor

Awarded the Andrea Klein Willison Prize for Poetry and a finalist for The Hurston/Wright Amistad Award for College Writers in Poetry, María Fernanda is a recipient of several writing fellowships, including Callaloo.

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