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Get Lit: Liberation Aesthetics
Charlotte Ballard, Holum Press

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 7:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Salon

Spirited conversations. Literary culture. Usually every first Thursday at Valley Bar; online during COVID-19. Get Lit.

This Month: Liberation Aesthetics with Charlotte Ballard and Holum Press

What would it look like to center liberation in our creative practice? How do we see through the mirages of capitalism? How can writing be used to untangle our environment and see systems more clearly? How can we redefine ourselves through reflection and community action? How do we mine our inner lives and resources in order to survive?


Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Talk

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for an evening of questions, answers and exciting conversation with authors Gordon and Ilona Andrews on Friday, August 21, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.


Date: Friday, September 18, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Talk

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for An Evening With Hafsah Faizal  on Friday, September 18, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Zoom.

Faizal will talk about her bestselling debut We Hunt the Flame, getting your foot in the door of the enigma of publishing, and writing while juggling a business—though she's not quite convinced she herself knows how.


Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 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: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Craft Talk, Reading, Talk
James Riley, the New York Times bestselling author of the Half Upon a Time series, takes an in-depth look at the wonder and absolute weirdness of fairy tales, why we love them, and what it must be like to try to reconstitute an egg using only horse hooves. Spoiler alert: It can't be easy. He'll also do a reading from his fairy tale series, just to prove he knows what he's talking about, but we're not willing to commit one way or another on that last point. 

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Date: Saturday, October 3, 2020 - 8:00am
Location: Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, 721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Type: Community Event, Fair, Festival

Save the date! Meet Your Literary Community is Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market (721 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).

Meet Your Literary Community is a mini-literary festival for writers, readers, family and friends. In addition to meeting local authors, publishers, and other literary organizations from all over the Valley, there will also be writing groups, book exchanges, and other creative writing activities.


Global Medievalism into Africanfuturism
Nnedi Okorafor, Malik Toms

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 3:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Conversation, Discussion, Talk

"Africanfuturism is concerned with visions of the future, is interested in technology, leaves the earth, skews optimistic, is centered on and predominantly written by people of African descent (black people) and it is rooted first and foremost in Africa. It's less concerned with "what could have been" and more concerned with "what is and can/will be". It acknowledges, grapples with and carries "what has been"."


Date: Friday, November 13, 2020 - 6:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type: Reading, Talk

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Burton Barr Central Library for a reading and talk with Carmen Maria Machado on Friday, November 13, 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Zoom

Machado will also be teaching a workshop, Stories That Stand Still. More details about the class will be announced soon.