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Center for Creative Writing

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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.

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

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Revolutionary Poetry
Fargo Tbakhi

Date: Monday, January 27, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
In her poem, “The Master’s House,” luminary poet Solmaz Sharif's writes the lines: "To eye the master's bone china / to pour diuretic in his coffee and think this / erosive to the state." While diuretic in the coffee might not erode the state, perhaps poetry might. In this workshop, we’ll explore ways that poetry can work against states and their violence; how we might mold our poetics into bricks.

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Valley Bar, Reading Room, 130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Type: Salon

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

This Month: Art and Activism with tanner menard

How can the arts be used to mobilize community? What does an authentically engaged, community-based arts practice actually look like? How do we design events and programs to create more meaningful connections and intentional conversation? How do we activate communities around calls to action and other social issues?


Date: Monday, February 24, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
You might've heard people refer to some of your beloved stories as "plot-heavy" or even "plot-less," while you're over here wondering what in the world "plot" is even, and how to make your story have one (that works). In this workshop, we’ll explore new ways to think about plot in relation to your work.