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Write Here, Write Now

Pop-up workshops at Changing Hands Phoenix

Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! While the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing offers a number of creative writing classes and workshops through the Piper Writers Studio, Write Here, Write Now is a pop-up workshop the fourth Monday of every month from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013) presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore.

Each month, a local writer will guide students through a 30 minute mini-class and writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, and so on—followed by focused time to write and opportunities to share work with the larger group. 

Tickets for the workshop are $8 (plus fees). To learn more about this month's pop-up workshop and buy tickets, keep reading. 

You can also find more classes and workshops through the Piper Writers Studio.

Upcoming Pop-Up Workshops

Write Here, Write Now: Micro-Memoir with Rosemarie Dombrowski
Monday, November 25, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Like its "longer" counterpart (flash memoir), micro-memoir is a form of creative nonfiction predicated on brevity and lyricality, the vacillation between autobiographical narrative and introspection. In this workshop, attendees will examine some micro-memoir, discuss its features, and begin to produce a piece of writing that maintains a narrative arc in 250 words or less!
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Write Here, Write Now: Defamiliarization as Creative Technique with Cody Wilson
Monday, December 30, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where do poems come from? What compels them into being? Susan Sontag tells us, “a writer is someone who pays attention to the world—a writer is a professional observer.” Wilson discusses how poetry comes from refocusing perspective, even on what seems familiar or trite. Participants will be given examples from contemporary writers as models and will then use prompted methods of discovery to generate original imagery that re-envisions the familiar into something extraordinary.

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