WRITING

WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"A Little Bit of Magic"

6:30-7:30PM MONDAY
1 SESSION: NOVEMBER 23

Dana Diehl

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

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 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.

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

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.

Location: Online

WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"Beginning and Beginnings"

6:30-7:30PM MONDAY
1 SESSION: DECEMBER 28

Dan McDermott

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

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 month, instructor Dan McDermott discusses "Beginning and Beginnings." Beginning a story, essay, poem, or novel is often the most daunting aspect of writing, and the sentences we choose to open with are among the most significant. The beginning engages readers, draws them in, contains or alludes to the story's most important details, and makes a promise that what's to come will be equally captivating. In this workshop we will analyze masterful openings, write some of our own, learn a bit about what the opening has to say about the ending, and discuss ways to address the blank page when creativity and inspiration are feeling low.

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

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.

Location: Online

"Mothers Who Write"

7-9PM THURSDAYS
10 SESSIONS: MARCH 4, 11, 18, AND 25 | APRIL 1, 8, 15, 22, AND 29 | MAY 6

Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman

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

Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a virtual edition of their long-running workshop. Motherhood is the only experience necessary in this workshop for writers of all ages and levels of experience. From published authors to secret journal-keepers, "Mothers Who Write" offers prompts and advice to get you started, as well as a constructive, comfortable -- and physically distanced -- setting in which to workshop your writing.

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

Location: Online