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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: Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Talk
Genre: Graphic Novels, Hybrid, Memoir, Poetry, Visual Art
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In this workshop, we will use doodling as a foundation for creating visual hybrid form poetry/prose. Rebecca will briefly show examples of visual hybrid work and introduce/demonstrate doodling methods. Then, offering writing and doodling prompts, Rebecca will help guide participants in the creation of visual poetry/prose. Participants will be encouraged to begin to explore the wonderful and vast cosmos of doodles from where they are, so no formal art training is necessary to engage in making doodle poems or creating micro doodle essays. There are no gatekeepers in the Doodleverse!


How to Layout a Comic Page
Damon Begay, Tatum Begay

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class
Genre: Comics, Graphic Novels, Hybrid, Visual Art
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Have you ever wondered how to translate your stories into comics? From super hero comics to graphic novels it all starts with learning how to do a single page layout. Join us as we learn how to create a short one-page story and explore the importance of creating a clear setting and page flow.


Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class
Genre: Hybrid, Poetry
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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.  


Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Thriller
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In this workshop we will work on bringing together elements of horror, noir, and the supernatural while learning to use violence as a tool. We will explore the role of empathy through characterization, which means we'll discuss positionality, Otherness, physicality, and other core elements of great character development and how they fit into horror narratives.

We will talk about the explosive, messy nature of violence and how to pace it to serve our narrative while also looking at some of the subgenres of horror and their relations/expectations in terms of violence.


Perfecting Your Pitch and Query
Chantelle Aimée Osman

Date: Saturdays, November 6-13, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Workshop
Genre: Agents, Business of Writing, Publishing
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Most authors know how to write—until it comes to writing about themselves and their work. This intensive workshop will go through the ins and outs of writing a query letter, synopsis, and creating an in-person pitch from the perspective of an acquiring editor. In the second week, students will have the opportunity to share their work, get feedback, and leave with all the skills to get their submission package to the top of the pile.


Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class
Genre: American Indian, Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Indigenous, Memoir, Travel Writing, Writing Life
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We bring where we come from when we travel. In this workshop, participants will reflect on writing about familiar and unfamiliar landscapes, and practice making place a character in their writing.


#Pitmad Primer
Chantelle Aimée Osman

Date: Saturday, November 20, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Professional Development
Genre: Business of Writing
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Want to get your work in front of hundreds of agents and editors all at once? That’s the opportunity that participating in online pitching such as #PitchWars and #Pitmad can do just that. This workshop will provide an overview of how these Twitter events work, as well as the tips and tricks for making your pitch stand out from the crowd. Be prepared to work on your 280 character pitch in class.


Date: Mondays, November 29, 2021 - December 20, 2021, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Craft Class
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Journalism, Memoir, Research
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How can poetics serve our most socially urgent writing? Writing about race [for example] is a polemic,” writes Cathy Park Hong, “but also a lyric, in that our inner consciousness is knotted with contradictions.” To investigate this convergence, this course explores the creative nonfiction resistance essay. We will read contemporary works by Aisha Sabatini Sloan, José Orduña, Sarah de Leeuw, and Lina María Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas—and, in honor the essay’s genre-defying roots, we will also read hybrid/fluid/genre-contested works by writers such as Tommy Pico and Claudia Rankine.


Date: TBD
Type: Craft Class
Genre: Autobiography, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir
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Losing a dear one is always a traumatic experience, and not everyone is ready to relive it. However, writing about loss can be an integral part of the healing process. This course was developed by author Matt Ferraz with the help of a qualified mortician and aims to present how to use literature to deal with grief and loss.


Pitch Sessions
Chantelle Aimée Osman

Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Type: Meeting, Professional Development
Genre: Business of Writing
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Has your work been sitting on your computer a moment? Did you finally finish your novel during NaNoWriMo? Pitch an actual acquiring editor, Chantelle Aimée Osman, your work. Have the opportunity to pitch for real and/or practice your pitch and get feedback from an expert. Each session is booked as 10 minutes of one-on-one time to ensure space for feedback.