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We Cannot Look Away: Exploring a Social Conscience Through Writing with Stella Pope Duarte

Date(s): Saturday, June 15, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Piper Writers House, 450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Workshop, Generative Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Human Rights, Mixed Genre, Research, Social Justice, Social Practice, Therapeutic Practice, Women's Studies
Cost: $119 Regular, $99 Student

About the Class

When confronting a tragedy, we might ask ourselves several questions: What is going on over there? How can this be happening? Why doesn't someone do something? These are questions often asked by writers who look at society with an eye for tackling tough issues and standing up for what is right. In this course, writers will explore society’s dark side. Pope Duarte will guide students through techniques for research, interviewing, and getting to the heart of a story, as these skills will be an open door for creating heart-warming, healing works that make a difference for generations to come, offering hope in the midst of despair. Participants will consider books that explore the human experience and deliver it with precision and power, often remain a part of our global memory—forever.

Meet Your Instructor

Photograph of Stella Pope Duarte

Inspired to become a writer by a prophetic dream of her father in 1995, acclaimed author, activist and educator, Stella Pope Duarte, is named by critics as a “major, literary voice in America.” She is described as a “magical weaver with a sure hand and a pure heart,” and recognized as an “author who will enlarge humanity.” Her most current work is a biography entitled: Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power, which won the “Best Biography in English,” at the 2017 International Latino Book Awards in Los Angeles.

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