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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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Date: Monday, January 25, 2021 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Second person point of view is often seen as the awkward stepchild that no one wants to acknowledge. In this workshop, we’ll examine works by Ocean Vuong, Claudia Rankine, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Junot Diaz, and Italo Calvino as jumping off points for free-writing and other structured exercises

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to announce a partnership with the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and the Office for Veteran Military Academic Engagement to bring Veteran students and local Veterans a space to write together, workshop creative pieces, and share stories. This circle is Veteran led and Veteran focused. If you are not a Veteran or related to a Veteran we ask that you kindly refrain from attending. All skill levels and genres are welcome! Food provided!


Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon
What is our lived experience of racism? How does it affect our mental health? What are some positive actions that we can take to redistribute resources and advance our community? Join author, sports writer, and award-winning opinion journalist for the Arizona Republic Greg Moore for a conversation on racism, mental health, and staying optimistic at this month's Get Lit!

Date: Monday, February 22, 2021 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop
Anaphora uses a repeated phrase or word at the beginning of a line, and poets often use it for obsessive poems, varying the content it contains to keep the reader locked in and leaping. In this workshop, we'll study how poems by Matthew Olzmann, Ada Limon, Solmaz Sharif, and others move and accumulate through anaphora, what makes these poems surprising, and ways in which we enter and exit the poem.

Get Lit: Decolonization
Amanda R. Tachine

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19. 

This Month: Decolonization with Dr. Amanda R. Tachine


Date: Monday, March 22, 2021 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Louise Erdrich has said that "revenge is the only form of justice in some locations and in some terrible situations." At the same time, it’s also “a sorrow for the person who has to take it on" In this workshop, we'll be looking at passages from Louise Erdrich's The Round House to inspire our own writing practice as we come up with our own revenge plots and write a few short scenes.

Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19. 

April is National Poetry Month. But what about the rest of the year? What does the poetry scene look like in the Valley? Who gets to be visible? What images does "poet" conjure up in your mind? What's their backstory? How is poetry perceived in the public sphere? Can we broaden the appeal of poetry? Should we?


Date: Monday, April 26, 2021 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop
In this workshop we'll talk about the different ways we remember according to our senses and read poems from Shane McCrae, Danielle Pafunda, and Adrienne Su that play with memory as a sometimes problematic road to the truth. At the end of the workshop, participants will have new drafts for poems, ideas for future work, and tips for revision grounded in both memory and truth.

Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Usually every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar; currently online due to COVID-19. 

 


Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop
In this workshop, we’ll look at the ways that we can use them as tools in our writing practice to foster inspiration, flow, and a safe place within us for any challenging emotions that might arise, in addition to how exploring writing itself as meditation. With a discussion on mindfulness, a guided meditation, and writing exercise, this workshop is open to all.

Date: Monday, June 28, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Workshop
Where controlling structures aim to tame, punish, and discipline, care listens. Rather than systems of control, we need systems of care. In this workshop, we’ll read poems by Rick Barot and Chen Chen to consider the forms that control and care take in our own lives.