The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Find October Classes and Workshops

Date: Tuesdays, October 1 - 15, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Lecture, Generative Workshop
Genre: Fiction, Short Stories

Your story is almost done. It just needs... something? The spaces between idea, draft, and done can be dark corners filled with uncertainty. Is the character's story worthy? How do you finish it without turning it into an 8,000-page omnibus? How do you know if it is good enough? These are the questions we all have from the first keystroke. This class will push you toward the answers.


Energy and Poetry
Jake Skeets

Date: Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Lecture, Generative Workshop
Genre: American Indian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Poetry

Charles Olson, in “Projective Verse,” states that poetry is energy transference from poet to poem to reader. This idea is one birthed from an understanding of land, place, and field. In this part lecture, part generative workshop, activities will focus on learning how place creates an energy that informs the composition of a poem. Participants will begin with a presentation on Diné-centered thought and life way models of art creation.


Date: Wednesdays, October 9 - 23, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Experimental, Fiction, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Poetry

Walter Benjamin once said, “All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one.” In this advanced three-week class, we’ll discover what is gained when we forego conventional expectations of content and form. Working in such mediums as personal essay, lyric essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, philosophy, mixed-media film, photography, song lyric, journal, dream, and anecdote, we’ll unearth our private obsessions and render our experiences accessible and relevant to a larger audience.


Date: Saturday, October 12, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Type: Presentation, Lecture
Genre: Agents, Business of Writing, Publishing

This class is designed to help writers navigate the publishing world and the intricate processes. Join agent, Kirby Kim from Janklow & Nesbit Associates, to learn how to take a book or an idea into publication with a general trade house. Kim will talk with participants on common mistakes writers make along the path and discuss how to avoid these pitfalls. This class will demonstrate to writers the realities of publication and working with an agent, including getting a sense of the odds but also how to beat those odds.


Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Performative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry

Join New York poet, educator, and editor, t’ai freedom ford for a three-hour workshop hosted by the Piper Writers Studio. By definition, archeology is the study of human history through the excavation of sites and the analysis of artifacts and other physical remains. By definition, poetry is a similar pursuit: poets excavate sites (and sights), unearth and examine artifacts in an attempt to understand humanity. In this way, we will consider memories, familial & emotional wounds, and personal geographies as artifact in order to get at a specific moment in time.


Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Type: Workshop, Conversation, Lecture, Generative Workshop
Genre: Creative Practice, Essays, Fiction, Hybrid, Social Justice, Writing Process

This generative workshop is designed to engage writers with the core of their ideas, the true source of their passion—their heart. Gabby Rivera found looking to love as her muse to be transformative: learning to capture that wonder and imagination, and distill it to the truth of what she was writing. How does love—for family, for community, for yourself—inform your work? How does drawing inspiration from love imbue the written word with a different kind of power and meaning? Gabby explores the myriad of ways having love as your muse can radically change your words—and your world.


In Search of Magic
Diana Marie Delgado

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre: Poetry

Powerful magic resides in language but what if we invoke that power further by adopting fantastical aspects into our own writing? In this three-hour workshop we will discuss Lucie Brock-Broido, Alice Notely and Marosa di Georgio, poets whose work occupy spaces of dread, astonishment—and magic. We will explore their use of symbols in haunted landscapes, their gestures to the unseen and discuss how by incorporating the supernatural, we might bypass the self, and tap into a vaster, more ancient consciousness.


Date: Wednesdays, October 30 - November 13, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop, Discussion, Generative Workshop
Genre: Experimental, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Poetry

The poet David Lehman says, “[t]he prose poem is…poetry that disguises its true nature.” In this course we will explore the prose poem through the lens of disguise. Through in-class readings, discussions, and generative writing exercises we will explore what is hidden and what we can hide in prose poems. The prose poem, like a chameleon, adapts to its surroundings taking on the colors of anything from newspaper articles to diary entries, from instruction manuals to fairy tales.