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Teach with Piper

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The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is now accepting proposals for creative writing classes and workshops through the Piper Writers Studio.

To learn more about submitting a course proposal, view the tabs below.

Submit your Course Proposal

Course Proposal Guidelines

The Piper Writers Studio looks for course proposals that are interactive, compelling, and thought-provoking explorations of literary craft and technique that innovate learning while engaging the larger creative writing community.

We are open to course proposals in all manners and formats of delivery: in-person, online, and hybrid. We are also interested in all styles, genres, and forms, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, publishing, the business of writing, and more.

Individuals of all backgrounds, locales, and levels of experience are encouraged to submit.*

For more information about course proposals, you can view past classes or course description guidelines.

*Students who are actively employed as Research or Teaching Assistants at ASU, U of A, or NAU are ineligible to teach through the Piper Writers Studio due to payment policies with the Arizona Board of Regents.

Course Selection Process

The selection of Piper Writers Studio courses is highly competitive and considers numerous factors, including identified needs of the writing community, genre and topic needs, balance of overall course offerings, individual teaching and publication histories, and other factors.

Submissions are open year-round unless otherwise noted on this site. We do ask that individuals submit no more than three courses in any given semester for consideration. Due to the volume of submissions received, individuals who submit proposals should expect to hear back from the Piper Center within three months.

Individuals who are selected to teach through the Piper Writers Studio will be contacted by the Education Programs Coordinator to begin scheduling and planning their course. All individuals receive monetary compensation for teaching with the Piper Writers Studio; amounts are determined on a case-by-case basis.

Submitting Your Proposal

Individuals may submit a course proposal by completing a comprehensive online questionnaire.

The form is approximately 50 questions long and takes between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. While a number of questions are optional, it is recommended that individuals come prepared with the following information:

  1. Contact Information
  2. A professional biography
  3. An updated resume or CV
  4. Links or files of sample creative work
  5. A brief statement regarding your educational philosophy or particular goals for reaching through the Piper Writers Studio
  6. A course title
  7. A course description (between 120 and 160 words)
  8. Preferred mode of course delivery
  9. Preferred course length, date range, and general availability
  10. Course components, recommended skill levels, requirements, capacity, and relevant genres and forms
  11. Required technology or other supplies
  12. Syllabi, readings, handouts, outlines, or any other coures materials

You can also preview the course proposal form here.

For more information about submitting a course proposal, contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at 480.727.1787 or

To submit your course proposal, click the button below.

Submit your Course Proposal