Write Here, Write Now | Gionni Ponce: "Writing Through Revenge"
6:30-8PM (9:30-11PM ET) MONDAY, MARCH 22

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.


"You know, I am learning something about [revenge], and I think it drew me to law and what its meaning is for Native American people. The law is the basis of existence in many ways because ... the original way tribal people were recognized was through treaties. So I've thought about it quite a lot, and why revenge is the only form of justice in some locations and in some terrible situations. . . . [But at the same time] revenge is a sorrow for the person who has to take it on. And the person who is rash enough to think it's going to help a situation is always wrong."

—Louise Erdrich, "In 'House,' Erdrich Sets Revenge On A Reservation," NPR, October, 2 2012.

How does (or doesn't) revenge motivate our characters and drive our plot forward? How do we portray revenge in all its complexity? How do we write revenge in a socially responsible way? In this workshop, we'll be looking at passages from Louise Erdrich's The Round House to inspire our own writing practice as we come up with our own revenge plots and write a few short scenes. If you already have a revenge story started, bring it with you. Otherwise, everyone is welcome to start from scratch.

This month's Write Here, Write Now, is presented as part of the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 15 talks, workshops, book clubs and more during March 2021. Find events, meet the organizers, and learn more today at http://piper.asu.edu/big-read

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About the NEA Big Read
This event is presented as part the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at http://piper.asu.edu/big-read.

  • Cost: $5.
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Gionni Ponce is a Macondista prose writer living in Tempe, Arizona. She is a former 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers' Conference Fellow. In 2019, she received a full-tuition scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and was named a Writer in South Asia Fellow by Indiana University in 2018. She is currently working on a short story collection centered on bilingualism and multi-generational conflict in Mexican-American families. Learn more on Twitter: @GPisMe