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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 alsofind more classes and workshops through the Piper Writers Studio.

Upcoming Pop-Up Workshops

Write Here, Write Now: At The Intersection of Personal and Cultural Memory with Piper J. Daniels
Monday, September 23, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

As writers, we all have stories to tell. But what makes those stories interesting, relatable, and impactful to others? How do we use our life experiences to connect to a larger cultural memory and render those experiences relevant to the world at large? Armed with examples from established writers and informed by intensive exercises, we’ll define the personal stories that only we can tell and learn how to make them engaging and meaningful to a larger readership.
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Write Here, Write Now: Write Rocking Dialogue with Tom Leveen
Monday, October 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of what makes dialogue between two characters really stand out, taught by an acclaimed novelist with more than two decades of live stage experience, where the spoken word is so essential. Tom will discuss methods of improving first- and third-person narrative, how to manipulate white space on the page, and more.
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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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