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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 for Spring 2019

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 pipercenter.info@asu.edu.

For more information, send the Piper Center an email or call us at 480.965.6018.

Find Upcoming Classes and Workshops

Date: Friday, January 11, 2019, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Type: Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Journalism

Join writer, lecturer, cultural anthropologist, oral historian, and Piper Writers Studio Visiting Faculty, Susan Harness for two unique nonfiction workshop opportunities on Friday, January11 and/or Saturday, January 12, 2109. If you bundle both classes for a Writers Intensive, you save even more! 

Harness joins the Piper Writers Studio from Fort Collins, Colorado and will be in town for only these two days to work with writers around the valley on building their creative nonfiction skills. Seats are limited, so register early.


Date: Tuesdays, January 22 - February 5, 2019, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Hybrid, Poetry

How do we approach the concept of the aural in our poetry? How does the creative process become a collective of both writing and hearing our own art? This course is designed to develop your creativity and fluency in identifying, writing, and reading toward an attuned awareness of beats, tone, voice, and sounds that find their way to the page; we will also discuss how these same utterances transform when read aloud by poet or reading audience.


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A Deeper Image: A Poetry Workshop
Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Type: Craft Class, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry

In this course, students are invited to develop an acute awareness of their senses in order to write more visceral, striking poems. We will discuss examples, contemporary and ancient, to initiate a practice that draws on figurative language, synesthesia, and the disavowed parts of self to plunge beneath the bland methods that tend to preempt or deplete many poems of our era.


Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Type: Generative Workshop, Lecture, Workshop
Genre: Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Hybrid, Novels

Starting a novel is hard. Finishing a novel seems nearly impossible. And the middle, well, the middle is a thousand years long. But! But! There are things you can do to turn walls into doorways and keep you moving forward. Join award winning novelist, Ramona Ausubel, in a course on discussing strategies for survival in writing your novel and for keeping the process fun, inventive and full of life. This workshop consists of both moments of lecture and exercises, so be prepared to learn, talk, engage, and put your thoughts and ideas on the page!


Writing Down the Demons
Deborah Miranda

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Type: Advanced Workshop, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry

How do we summon creative power in the face of our personal and/or global demons? How can we speak of beauty when our world seems full of loss, grief, climate change, and political turmoil?  Thich Nhat Hanh says that the work of meditation is to transform “compost into flowers”; that is also the work of poetry.  This generative workshop will help you to re-see your demons as a form of poetic compost.


Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Type: Advanced Workshop, Generative Workshop, Workshop
Genre: Poetry

We too often rely on a “good/bad” binary to shape our characters and considerations in our stories. How do our complexities as human beings find their way to the page? In this generative workshop, join poet, essayist, and cultural critic, Hanif Abdurraqib, on an exploration on empathy and the dynamics of character in popular culture. The group will use an empathy tree in which participants figure out which characters in popular culture they find empathetic or non-empathetic.


Date: April 15 - May 27, 2018
Type: Online Class
Genre: Agents, Business of Writing, Creative Nonfiction, Editing, Fiction, Publishing

The goal of this course is to give you a basic understanding of the publishing industry: how it is structured, how to navigate it, and how to make the best choices for your writing life and the life of your books. You are a writer, an artist—the most important thing you can do is focus on your work. But when the time comes to bring your writing to an audience, a host of other skills and knowledge come into play. While it’s true that the publishing world exists to support and promote art, it is also a business; agents, editors, and publishers must be mindful of the market and of money.


Revising Your Novel
Corey Ann Haydu

Date: May 1 - Jun 5, 2019
Type: Online Class
Genre: Crime Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels, Science Fiction, Young Adult Literature

Through video lectures, activities, discussions, video conferences, peer reviews, and direct feedback from your instructor, you will learn new tools and methods for tackling a deep and intensive revision, gain knowledge on how to work with edit letters from publishing professionals, leave this course with revised pages from your own novel, and create a solid plan for moving forward to complete a full revision.