The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Story Starters with Sarah Leamy

Date(s): Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Arizona Time
Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Experimental, Flash, Gender, Gender Studies, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Sexuality
Cost: $39

About the Class

Let’s play with creating unconventional characters. There's a growing openness to other gender roles and identities for example but how do you write about such characters? There's so much more to it than simply changing pronouns. This is important work, to make space and the stories of those of us on the edges.

With a conversation about craft, we’ll dive into generative work from gender-queer perspectives. After talking about social expectations, roles, emotional reactions, physicality, mainstream media and yes, pronouns, we’ll free write together. We’ll take prompts from headlines, photos, music, poems, short stories, and flash fiction. With a freedom of experimentation, economy, wit, your work will offer a sense of place, mood, scene and atmosphere in under three pages. These pieces are often less narrative and more evocative. They give us, the readers, a slice or quality of life, a moment of discovery, or a flash of illumination. They are complete and when you finish, the last line stains and lingers. Think of this as Queer Flash.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of Sarah Leamy

Sarah (sleam) Leamy was a boring shy tomboy who suddenly left her English life and became a bit of a wanderer, street performer and writer. As a socially awkward and insecure Brit abroad, she lived first in Europe and then crossed the States and into Guatemala, performing, writing and working odd jobs as she explored new countries alone or with her dogs. She finally settled in New Mexico in her late twenties although she’s still taking extended road trips when she can.

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