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Justin Noga

Desert Nights, Rising Stars MFA Presenter 2019, 2020
Piper Writers Studio Instructor 2018, 2019
Student Mentoring Program Mentor 2019, 2020

About Justin Noga

Justin Noga is a fiction writer from Akron, Ohio, and is a second-year MFA student at Arizona State University. He teaches composition and creative writing at ASU, taught for the Piper Writers Studio at the Virginia G Piper Center for Creative Writing in Summer 2018, and was the recipient of the 2018 Virginia G. Piper Global Teaching Fellowship for the National University of Singapore. His work has been published in Conjunctions. He lives with a whippet/terrier with a Napoleon complex.

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Location: Tooker, Old Main
Type: Collaboration, Conversation, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Community, Creative Practice, Experimental, Fiction, Hybrid, Writing Process

Wherever we write, more often than not we’re stuck in our own head. How do we get unstuck? How can we find a good person to talk to about writing? How can we be that good person to talk to? That’s exactly is why we have developed a board game to give us some practice. Based in part on the renga—a Japanese form of collaborative poetry—this game places writers into groups in guided cross-pollinating writing activities.


Where to Begin: The Art of Starting Your Story
Matt Bell, Peter Twal, Sarah Viren, Justin Noga

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Location: Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Type: Panel
Genre: Fiction, Novels, Short Stories, Writing Process

The ominous beginning; the leap that starts it all; the moment of breath before your characters hit the page. Sometimes the start is the hardest of all. How does a writer dive into a beginning? Some writers outline the story arc, each character’s decision plotted to a point, down to the detailed minutia, while others meet the empty page with zest and vigor knowing they can and will fill in the gaps later. Writers often doubt their beginnings, no matter how advanced they are in their craft.


Meet Justin Noga's Mentee

Devon Ross. Born in 1997 in Devon, Pennsylvania. It's where she got her name. Devon grew up in Chicago, IL, and graduated high school in 2016. She came to ASU from 2016-2018, then went back to Chicago for a year, and now she is back as a Creative Writing major for the 2019-2020 school year.