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Author talks, readings, community events, and more

Besides our annual creative writing conference and our classes and workshops, the Piper Center regularly presents author readings, talks, and other kinds of literary events around the Valley.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are open to the public and free.

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Date: Monday, May 24, 2021 - 6:30pm
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.

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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: Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 10:00am, Friday, June 18, 2021 - 10:00am
Location: Online
Type: Community Event, Open Mic, Panel, Reading, Workshop

As the world awakens to injustice, we must all work together to build a strong foundation on which to rebuild a more just world. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is proud to sponsor the second annual Creative Justice Youth Symposium, Thursday through Friday, June 17 - 18, 2021 on Zoom. Each day will consist of a workshop and community open mic.


Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021 - 10:00am, Friday, June 18, 2021 - 10:00am
Location: Online
Type: Community Event, Open Mic, Panel, Reading, Workshop

As the world awakens to injustice, we must all work together to build a strong foundation on which to rebuild a more just world. The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is proud to sponsor the second annual Creative Justice Youth Symposium, Thursday through Friday, June 17 - 18, 2021 on Zoom. Each day will consist of a workshop and community open mic.


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.