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[Postponed] Write Here, Write Now: Writing from Another Time and Place with Judith Starkston

Date(s): Monday, March 23, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Changing Hands Phoenix, 300 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Genre and Form(s): Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Mixed Genre, Research
Cost: $8

About this Event

In order to prioritize the health of our community, this event has been postponed due to concerns around the potential spread of COVID-19. Future dates will be announced on our website and social media as soon as they become available. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Piper Center at 480.965.6018 or For more information about our response to COVID-19, read the Piper Center's statement at or visit ASU's official website at

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Need ideas to help you get started writing? Take a dip into our classes before you dive in! Presented in partnership with Phoenix College and Changing Hands Bookstore, 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)

This month: Writing from Another Time and Place with Judith Starkston

Digging deep into a letter, prayer, or offering of advice from another time or place exercises our imaginations and allows us to write inside a different viewpoint and world in a more authentic, empathetic, and responsible way. We will look first at a model of a document and a fictional scene arising from it, and discuss an overview of the creative opportunities and challenges of writing a world/time/place other than the writer’s own. Then participants will pair up for a three-part immersion. This exercise will use the 12th Century BCE Hittite Plague Prayer Cycle, a letter written by a lawyer in the silver mining town of Leadville in the late 1800s, and documentary fragments from Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1869 The American Woman’s Home. Each of these documents raises familiar contemporary social issues, but in unfamiliar contexts from the past. Partners will choose a document and brainstorm a conflict and action for these two characters in response to the document.

About the Author

Photograph of Judith Starkston

Judith Starkston writes historical fantasy set in the Bronze Age world of Hittites and Greeks. She holds degrees in Classics, from University of California, Santa Cruz (BA) and Cornell University (MA). She taught high-school English, Latin and humanities. Her debut novel, Hand of Fire, was a semi-finalist for the prestigious M.M. Bennett’s Award for Historical Fiction. Her second novel, Priestess of Ishana won the San Diego State University Conference Choice Award. She is represented by Richard Curtis.

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