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

Upcoming Pop-Up Workshops

Write Here, Write Now: Writing the Self with Fernanda Santos

Monday, October 26, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Arizona time
At this pivotal moment in history, it's more important than ever to be able to articulate those experiences: death, illness, despair, the end of a romance, our disillusions. In this workshop, we will engage in the difficult yet necessary exercise of digging within ourselves to find a story we haven't told, but believe needs to be told.

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Write Here, Write Now: A Little Bit of Magic with Dana Diehl

Monday, November 23, 2020, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Phoenix MST
Fabulism is where literary fiction meets speculative fiction: where magic is ordinary, and dream logic is sometimes the only logic. In this workshop, we’ll read excerpts from writers like Carmen Maria Machado, Aimee Bender, Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Megan Giddings to take our intangible anxieties or insecurities and imagine them as concrete objects.

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Write Here, Write Now: YO! I'm Talking to You 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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