Write Here, Write Now | Dana Diehl: "A Little Bit of Magic"

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.


This month instructor Dana Diehl discusses "A Little Bit of Magic: A Fabulist Writing Workshop." Fabulism is where literary fiction meets speculative fiction: where magic is ordinary, and dream logic is sometimes the only logic. As Melissa Goodrich points out in her essay, Diving into the Faery Handbag, “Fabulism makes the emotional reality the actual reality.” It’s a place where our abstract fears can become concrete, and thus, surmountable. It’s not just a way to have fun or a means of escape. It’s also a therapeutic tool. In this workshop, we’ll read excerpts from writers like Carmen Maria Machado, Aimee Bender, Sequoia Nagamatsu, and Megan Giddings to take our intangible anxieties or insecurities and imagine them as concrete objects. The ultimate goal of the class will be to gain an understanding of fabulist fiction, to think about its potential therapeutic role in our lives, and to leave with several story ideas and one story-beginning.

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  • Cost: $5.
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  • Refunds will not be issued within one day of the event.

Dana Diehl earned her BA in Creative Writing from Susquehanna University. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at Arizona State University. Dana has served as editor-in-chief of Hayden’s Ferry Review and The Susquehanna Review. She is a Blog Interviewer for The Collagist. She has taught Composition, Creative Writing, and Humanities at Arizona State University, Florence Prison, the National University of Singapore, and BASIS Primary. Dana is the author of Our Dreams Might Align (Splice UK, 2018) and the collaborative collection, The Classroom (Gold Wake Press, 2019). Her chapbook, TV Girls, won the 2017-2018 New Delta Review Chapbook Contest, judged by Chen Chen. Diehl earned her MFA in Fiction at Arizona State University. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming in North American Review, Passages North, Necessary Fiction, Juked, and elsewhere.