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From First Draft to Final Cut with María Isabel Álvarez

Date(s): Monday, March 15, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Flash, Mixed Genre, Poetry, Short Stories
Cost: $39 Regular, $35 Student

About the Class

You’ve spent weeks, months, even years submitting your manuscript, only to have it rejected time and time again. So, what’s the trick to getting noticed? In this class, we’ll use tried and true tools to help improve your chances of receiving acceptance by examining first lines, ending images, and striking language by some of today’s most imaginative writers. We’ll be doing a little bit of reading, a little bit of writing, and a little bit of sharing. Whether you’re a poet or prose writer, this course is designed to help you hook readers and hold their attention. All genres are welcome.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of María Isabel Álvarez
María Isabel Álvarez is a first-generation Guatemalan-American writer. She received her BA in English Literature and her MFA in fiction from Arizona State University. Her writing has appeared in Kenyon Review, Black Warrior Review, Sonora Review, Puerto del Sol, and Gulf Coast, among other venues, and won First Prize in Blue Earth Review’s 2016 Summer Writing Contest.

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