Write Here, Write Now | Aurora Masum-Javed: "An Act of Care"
6:30-8PM (9:30-11PM ET) MONDAY, JUNE 28

Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing.

Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group.

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series.

Where controlling structures aim to tame, punish, and discipline, care listens. Where control is hierarchical, care requires equity, respects the autonomy and inherent dignity of all involved, honors interdependence. Care does not demand a singular outcome. It is instead adaptive. It responds to feedback. In our daily lives, in our families, in our schools. With the land, with our bodies. Politically, globally. 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.

For information about participating in our virtual workshops, please see our FAQ page.


  • Cost: $5.
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  • Refunds will not be issued within one day of the event.
  • Please note: By registering for this workshop, you consent to being contacted via email by our Write Here, Write Now partner for a post-event survey.

Aurora Masum-Javed is a poet, educator, and writing coach. A former public school teacher, she holds an MFA from Cornell University, where she also taught courses in creative non-fiction, short story, poetry, and composition. Her work can be found in various journals including Nimrod, Black Warrior Review, Aster(ix), Winter Tangerine, Frontier, and Callaloo. She has received fellowships from places such as the MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, Caldera Arts, Kundiman, Callaloo, Pink Door, BOAAT, and the Community of Writers. A recent Philip Roth Resident and Hub City Writer in Residence, she is currently working on her first collection of poems and living in South Carolina.