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Upcoming Classes and Workshops

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There's no time like the present. The Piper Writers Studio offers numerous creative writing classes and workshops throughout the year, with flexible times and schedules that make them easy to fit alongside jobs, families, or other responsibilites. All classes are not for-credit, and are intended for and open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student or affiliate to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome to attend.

To find an upcoming class, select a class from the list below or use the menu to the side. You can also meet current instructors, view past classes, or learn more about the Piper Writers Studio.

For other events and programs, you can learn about our annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference or find talks and readings.

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Date: Saturdays, April 17 - 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class
Genre: Marketing, Publishing, Writing Process
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In this course, writers will learn the basics of creating accessible content that is inclusive of disabled readers, allowing them to reach an even larger audience. From social media and author media kits to blog posts and site design, we will cover user-friendly topics that ensure no one is excluded from enjoying your work.


Date: Saturdays, April 24 - May 1, 2021, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop
Genre: Essays, Fiction, Poetry, Writing Process
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This workshop disrupts our familiarity with writing toward the story structure of beginning, middle, and end. We will delve into generative writing activities, where participants will be encouraged to explore excerpts of text messages, flyers, email subject lines, overheard conversations, and more. We will look to the classic Japanese genre Zuihitsu, defined by its emulation of a painter’s brushstrokes, as our guide. This style gathers loosely connected personal essays and fragmented ideas on one page.

Sense Age of Sight
Airea D. Matthews

Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class
Genre: Hybrid, Poetry, Visual Art
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Visual Poetry has been defined by Willard Bohn as "poetry that is meant to be seen." There are traditions of visual poetry in many cultures, ancient, modern, and contemporary, and because meaning is invested in pattern, color, dimension, texture, graphics, image, and animation as well as in the word, these poems can communicate in many more ways than linear narrative.


Date: Saturday, May 29, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class
Genre: Fiction, Genre Fiction, Publishing, Short Stories, Storytelling
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From generating ideas to write about and choosing the right point of view to structuring your short story and picking a winning ending, you're going to learn techniques to get you on the path to writing great short stories. You'll learn techniques on how to craft your story and how to sell it. We'll do hands-on writing exercises to explore your creativity and give you a launching pad to story ideas that you'll be able to submit for publication.