The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU is proud to offer creative writing classes through the Piper Writers Studio. Classes are taught by acclaimed and award-winning writers from the community, and they cover topics such as memoir writing, the relationship between art and writing, contemporary poetry, the relationship between politics and poetry, the reveal of information, inspiration, writer’s block, intimacy, flash fiction, and fairy tales.
The classes and workshops offered in Fall 2017 are the following:
- The Two-Way Mirror: Writing Memoir with Andrea Avery (Tuesdays, September 5 to September 26, 6:30-8:30pm)
- Writing from the Art with Mark Haunschild (Tuesdays, September 5 to September 26, 6:30-8:30pm)
- Poetics in the New Millenium with Eloisa Amezcua (Saturdays, September 9 to October 28, 10:30am-12:30pm)
- Poetry and Politics: Crafting Poems from Headlines with Valerie Bandura (Saturday, September 23, 9:30am-12:30pm)
- Crossing the Line: Too Close for Comfort with Jennifer Spiegel (Saturday, October 14, 9:30am-12:30pm)
- The Supercharged Inspired Life with Sharon Suzuki-Martinez (Wednesdays, October 18 to November 8, 6:30-8:30pm)
- Information Dumps, Information Delicacies with Jim Sallis (Wednesdays, October 18 to November 8, 6:30-8:30pm)
- Flash Fiction with Venita Blackburn (Saturday, October 21, 9:30am-12:30pm)
- East of the Sun and West of the Moon: The Traditional Fairy Tale and the Contemporary Short Story with Larry Ellis (Saturday, November 18, 9:30am-12:30pm)
Classes are open to individuals of all backgrounds, skill levels, and experiences, and are designed to fit around the schedules of working adults (taking place weekday evenings or weekend afternoons). Most classes are held at the Piper Writers House, the historic President’s Cottage on the ASU Tempe Campus. Class sizes range between 8 and 12 students in order to ensure an intimate, individualized educational experience, and fees range from $50 to $250 (with discounts for students and individuals who are members of the Piper Circle of Friends). Classes can also qualify for professional development credit with the Arizona Department of Education. Individuals can register for classes through the Piper Center’s website, where they can also find more information about the courses.