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Write Here, Write Now

Pop-up workshops with Changing Hands and Phoenix College

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 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Zoom 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 $5 (plus fees).

To learn more about this month's pop-up workshop and buy tickets, keep reading. 

You can also view past pop-up workshops or find more classes and workshops through the Piper Writers Studio.

Upcoming Pop-Up Workshops

Write Here, Write Now: You Talking to Me? with Naomi Benaron

Monday, January 25, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Second person point of view is often seen as the awkward stepchild that no one wants to acknowledge. In this workshop, we’ll examine works by Ocean Vuong, Claudia Rankine, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Junot Diaz, and Italo Calvino as jumping off points for free-writing and other structured exercises

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Write Here, Write Now: Anaphora Anaphora with Shelley Wong

Monday, February 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Anaphora uses a repeated phrase or word at the beginning of a line, and poets often use it for obsessive poems, varying the content it contains to keep the reader locked in and leaping. In this workshop, we'll study how poems by Matthew Olzmann, Ada Limon, Solmaz Sharif, and others move and accumulate through anaphora, what makes these poems surprising, and ways in which we enter and exit the poem.

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Write Here, Write Now: Writing through Revenge with Gionni Ponce

Monday, March 22, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Louise Erdrich has said that "revenge is the only form of justice in some locations and in some terrible situations." At the same time, it’s also “a sorrow for the person who has to take it on" In this workshop, we'll be looking at passages from Louise Erdrich's The Round House to inspire our own writing practice as we come up with our own revenge plots and write a few short scenes.

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Write Here, Write Now: Writing Truth from Memory with Lynn Melnick

Monday, April 26, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
In this workshop we'll talk about the different ways we remember according to our senses and read poems from Shane McCrae, Danielle Pafunda, and Adrienne Su that play with memory as a sometimes problematic road to the truth. At the end of the workshop, participants will have new drafts for poems, ideas for future work, and tips for revision grounded in both memory and truth.

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Write Here, Write Now: Counting the Breaths with Aria Curtis

Monday, May 24, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
In this workshop, we’ll look at the ways that we can use them as tools in our writing practice to foster inspiration, flow, and a safe place within us for any challenging emotions that might arise, in addition to how exploring writing itself as meditation. With a discussion on mindfulness, a guided meditation, and writing exercise, this workshop is open to all.

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Write Here, Write Now: An Act of Care with Aurora Masum-Javed

Monday, June 28, 2021, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
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.

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