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Monthly Events

Salons, Pop-Up Workshops and more

In addition to our visiting writer series and other events, the Piper Center organizes a number of monthly events around the Valley.

  • Write Here, Write NowA pop-up workshop every fourth Monday at Changing Hands Phoenix
  • Get Lit: A salon series every first Thursday at Valley Bar

To learn more about each program, use the side menu or keep reading. 

You can also find author talks and readings or view all upcoming events

Find Monthly Events

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Workshop
Learn the basics of what makes dialogue between two characters really stand out, taught by an acclaimed novelist with more than two decades of live stage experience, where the spoken word is so essential. Tom will discuss methods of improving first- and third-person narrative, how to manipulate white space on the page, and more.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Salon

Spirited conversation. Literary culture. Every first Thursday at Valley Bar. Get Lit.

This month: Environment, inspiration, and influence with Walonda Williams

What pushes our writing to the next level? How does our artistic consumption affect our production? How can we create and maintain rich and fertile creative environments? How can we provide ourselves with the tools or opportunities we need?


Date: Monday, November 25, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Workshop
Like its "longer" counterpart (flash memoir), micro-memoir is a form of creative nonfiction predicated on brevity and lyricality, the vacillation between autobiographical narrative and introspection. In this workshop, attendees will examine some micro-memoir, discuss its features, and begin to produce a piece of writing that maintains a narrative arc in 250 words or less!