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A Deeper Image: Poetry Workshop with Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Afternoon poetry workshop | Saturday, September 29, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

The Body Electric, Memoir-Style with Andrea Avery

4 wk memoir workshop | Tuesdays, October 2 - 23, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Big Picture: Writing Your First Screenplay with Beverly Smith-Dawson

4 wk screenwriting class | Thursdays, October 4 - 25, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Online creative writing classes and workshops from the Piper Center at ASU

Online creative writing classes and workshops from the Piper Center at ASU

Revising the Novel and Publishing Opportunities for Fiction and Nonfiction starting October 1

Performance Narrative: Literary Wordplay Breaks into Stageplay with Walonda Williams

Afternoon stageplay workshop | Saturday, October 20, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

At Work in Sound and Vision: A Poetry Workshop with Dan Beachy-Quick

Afternoon poetry workshop | Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Two Poetry Workshops with Andrea Scarpino

Poetry of Witness. Poetry of Trace and Poetry of the Body on November 16 and 17

Unnatural Disasters: Writing Sci-Fi & Cli-Fi in a Changing World with Malik Toms

2 wk science fiction workshop | Mondays, December 3 - 10, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Piper Writers Studio

Classes and workshops for writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience

Class sizes are kept intentionally small--usually between 8 and 12 students--to maximize the amount of instruction and develop closer relationships between students, faculty, and the class as a whole. Classes range from single afternoons to multiple weeks and are offered at various times throughout the year. Individuals of all backgrounds and skill levels are welcome.

All classes takes place at the Piper Writers House at Arizona State University (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281) unless otherwise noted. For information about directions and parking, visit our about page.

Students currently enrolled in institutions of higher or continuing education receive discounts on all classes. Verification of student status must be provided upon request. Discounts vary depending on the class.

ASU Affiliates receive 10% off all classes as well. To receive your discount code, simply send us an email at

For more information, send the Piper Center an email or call us at 480.965.6018. You can also visit our facebook group.

Find Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry

A poem contains multiple kinds of intelligence. Beneath the meanings of the words that make up a poem, other forms of meaning strive to be felt. This workshop will explore two of the most prominent of those alternate intelligences: musicality and image. Following the poet Louis Zukofsky’s sense, “Lower limit speech / Upper limit music,” we’ll seek ways, through readings and through in-class experiments, to re-awaken our ear to the musical intelligence undergirding language.

Picture of  De humani corporis fabrica, Andreas Vesalius

Two Poetry Workshops
Andrea Scarpino

Date: Friday, November 16, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Poetry

Join teacher, poet, author, and Piper Writers Studio Visiting Faculty, Andrea Scarpino for two unique poetry workshop opportunities on Friday, November 16 and/or Saturday, November 17. If you bundle both classes for the Poetry Writers Intensive, you save even more!

Scarpino joins the Piper Writers Studio from St. Louis, Missouri and will be in town for only these two days to work with writers around the valley on building their skills in poetry as witness and in consideration of the body. Seats are limited, so register early.


Date: Monday, November 19, 2018, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Type: Conversation, Discussion, Lecture, Reading
Genre: Multi-genre, Poetry

What are the physical and metaphysical conditions of borders and borderlands? How do borders span the imaginary, emotional, and physical landscapes of the human condition? Join a conversation and reading with poet and educator, Eduardo Corral, exploring the imaginative, bodily, societal, political, emotional, physical, and linguistic impacts of borders to us as human beings, our connections, and our artistic bodies of work.  

Date: Mondays, December 3 - 10, 2018, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Lecture
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction

We sit on the edge of possibility. From Roddenberry’s sliding doors and tablet PCs to Atwood’s dystopian floods, our stories point the way to possible futures. This is a class about writing those futures. Participants will explore the basic elements of creating strong fiction and learn how to weave those elements into the extraordinary worlds we carve out of fringe science and the environmental issues shaping our tomorrows. Participants will engage with existing genre work ranging from Bacigalupi to Zelzany to learn the finer points of craft.