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Haunted Letters: A Writing & Zine-Making Workshop with Susan Nguyen

Date(s): Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Craft Class
Genre and Form(s): Hybrid, Poetry
Cost: $39 Regular, $25 Student

About the Class

What haunts you in your writing or art? When was the last time you received a letter in the mail that wasn’t from your internet company? The last time you wrote one? These days, letters can come in many forms from a physical letter to an email or text to a stamped potato (yes, you can send potatoes!). And the things that haunt us, whether we are avoiding them or ruminating over them obsessively, come in even more forms.  

In this workshop, we will explore epistolary poems or “letter poems” as a medium to share our authentic selves - our secrets, fears, discoveries, proclamations. We will write our own epistles that speak directly to our personal hauntings and we will also explore the physicality of a hand-written and folded letter by creating haunted house zines with collaged images and text.

At the end of this workshop, you will have generated new work and leave with a zine featuring your writing and visuals to carry with you or to send to another.

When you sign up for this workshop, you can opt into being sent a physical image grab bag to help you collage as long as you register 2 weeks in advance of the class. You will need to provide your own scissors and glue/tape. A digital image grab bag will also be available to those creating digitally.

Meet Your Instructor

Susan Nguyen hails from Virginia but currently lives and writes in Arizona. She earned her MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University, where she won the Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Prize and fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. In 2018, PBS NewsHour named her one of "three women poets to watch." Her work appears in diagram, Tin House, and elsewhere. Her debut collection, Dear Diaspora, won the 2020 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and will be published in September 2021.

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