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Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Conversation, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation

Each week of Poetry Month the Piper Center will host a “Write-in” comprised of 30 minutes of discussion from a local poetry expert, and 60 minutes of writing time. 

This Week

Dr. Katie Berta will offer insights on the submission process for literary journals. As a poet herself, and as the managing editor for The Iowa Review Berta offers a special perspective on journal publishing.


Date: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Conversation, Discussion, Presentation

Each week of Poetry Month the Piper Center will host a “Write-in” comprised of 30 minutes of discussion from a local poetry expert, and 60 minutes of writing time. 

This Week

Zines are self-published, uncensored, and self-made pieces of art.


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: Tuesday, April 27, 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!


Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Community Event, Conversation, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation

Each week of Poetry Month the Piper Center will host a “Write-in” comprised of 30 minutes of discussion from a local poetry expert, and 60 minutes of writing time. 

This Week

Poetry is a medium that connects us to each other. tanner menard will speak about creating a community space centered around poetry, that both nourishes and energizes.


Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon
What is our relationship to the desert? What are the benefits of honoring the desert's abundance? What can we learn to reimagine the future? Join scholar, arts administrator, and Assistant Director of Desert Humanities Dr. Celina Osuna for a conversation on the beautiful abundance of the desert at this month's Get Lit!

Date: Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 1:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Collaboration, Conversation, Meeting, Networking, Professional Development

It's been a long year. What's everybody been up to? How can we help each other? What are we trying to do?

Catch up and reconnect with fellow writers, readers, and literary organizers across Phoenix and Arizona at an informal community meeting on Saturday, May 8, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Phoenix MST / Pacific on Zoom!


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

Date: Friday, May 28, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Online Class, Q&A

Award-winning author and filmmaker Bryan Young shows writers how watching movies and learning their techniques can make us all better writers. Perfect for prose writers and would-be screenwriters, we'll learn techniques to help us build better scenes and structure, utilize better dialogue and pace our stories in ways that readers want.


Date: Thursday, June 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon
What is the promise and peril of artificial intelligence for the literary arts? Tools built on OpenAI's GPT-3 technology can generate convincing and semi-coherent original prose. How can writers use these tools to get themselves inspired or unstuck? What kinds of novelty and can we find using these tools? What does AI mean for the future of authorship and the future of the writing profession?

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.