WRITING

WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"An Act of Care"

6:30-8:00PM (9:30-11PM ET) MONDAY
1 SESSION: JUNE 28

Aurora Masum-Javed

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.

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.

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

Mapping Your Memoir

7-9PM (10PM-12AM ET) WEDNESDAYS
8 SESSIONS: JULY 7, 14, 21, 28 | AUGUST 4, 11, 18, AND 25

Amy Silverman

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

Get that story out of your head and onto the page (or screen) in this supportive workshop designed for writers of all levels of experience. Whether you are outlining a book proposal or gathering stories for loved ones, you'll learn how to tackle large and small projects in a classic writing workshop setting and leave class with a plan designed to keep you going. This class is meant for those pursuing memoir and other creative non-fiction projects.

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

Location: Online

Crafting Scenes in Creative Nonfiction

6-8:30PM (9PM-11:30PM ET) THURSDAYS
4 SESSIONS: JULY 8 AND 15 | AUGUST 5 AND 12

Danielle Geller

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

In writing workshops, a piece of advice that is commonly offered is, "This moment could really use a scene." But why? And how do you get there if your memory of that event is incomplete? How might you turn a phone call, an email, or a text conversation into a moment worthy of drama? This class will be broken into two parts. In the first two weeks, we will read and discuss examples of personal essay and memoir with a focus on the basic elements of scene: description, exposition, action, and dialogue. Participants will be given writing exercises and time away from class to develop early drafts, which we will workshop in the second half. This workshop is open to all who are interested in the nitty grittiness of craft and narrative creative nonfiction.

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

Location: Online

WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"What's So Funny?"

6:30-8PM (9:30-11PM ET) MONDAY
1 SESSION: JULY 26

Sarah Sala

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.

Humor is instantaneous! Yet, why is it easy to crack someone up in person…but that same bit doesn’t translate to the page? In this workshop we’ll test out proven strategies for shaping hilarious poems via close reading poets who tickle our funny bones, but also delving into theoretical texts published on the nature of humor. We’ll snort with laughter to poems by: Greg Santos, Chen Chen, Tommy Pico, Danez Smith, Morgan Parker, Chelsey Minnis, Jane Yeh, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Violi Matthew Olzman, and Yi-Mei Tsiang. Finally, we’ll ponder our human relationship to laughter. The best humor punches up, not down, and brings us together.

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 (10PM-midnight) THURSDAYS
10 SESSIONS: SEPTEMBER 23 AND 30 | OCTOBER 7, 14, 21, AND 28 | NOVEMBER 4, 11, AND 18 | DECEMBER 2

Amy Silverman & 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

TEEN

Young People Write
"Story Structure: Beginnings, middles, and endings"

5-6:30pm (8-9:30PM ET) TUESDAY
1 SESSION: JUNE 15

Desmond Hall

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

Whether you write by the seat of your pants, or you love to outline, this course will give you all the techniques you’ll need to tell a great story. We’re going to go over plot points, character development, turns, flaws, escalations, set ups and payoffs, and we’re going to have fun doing it. Yes, even on Zoom. Bring your stories and ideas. We’re going to put them into an outline specially made for your story and work it all out.

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

Location: Online

Young People Write
"FrankenBook: Dissecting Genres for Story Parts"

5-6:30pm (8-9:30PM ET) THURSDAY
1 SESSION: JULY 8

Lindsay Eagar

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

Do you have a favorite genre to read or write? Are you having trouble deciding what genre to dedicate yourself to writing? Have you ever had the urge to mash two or more genres together and make baby frankenbooks, like scifi romance or historical fantasy gaslamp horror? In this workshop, we're talking about GENRE: why stories are sorted into boxes like this, how to find the beating heart of any particular genre, and why understanding how genres work will make YOU a stronger writer. Bonus: we'll be talking about how to develop a story that's completely YOU in any genre, even the ones you didn't think you liked!

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

Location: Online

Young People Write
"Outstanding Dialogue"

5-6:30pm (8-9:30PM ET) THURSDAY
1 SESSION: AUGUST 19

Tom Leveen

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

Tom Leveen presents this month's workshop "Outstanding Dialogue." Outstanding dialogue is often the difference between a good book and a great book. How does yours stack up? Your dialogue has to rock to get attention from agents, editors, and readers. Join award-winning novelist and Bram Stoker Award finalist Tom Leveen as he guides you through everything you need to improve your writing, make your dialogue shine, and get your book noticed and talked about by readers, agents, and editors alike!

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

Location: Online

ART AND VISUAL STORYTELLING

Watercolor Botanical Garden: A Modern Approach to Painting Bold Flowers, Plants, and Cacti

7PM SATURDAY
1 SESSION: JULY 24

Rachel Eskandari

Rachel Eskandari, owner and artist of Pink Puddle Studio, discusses and signs copies of her watercolor guidebook. She will also demonstrate some of her watercolor techniques. The painting demonstration will include a brief walk-through of a couple of the lessons featured in the book. We encourage you to bring your own traveling watercolor supplies: paint, paper towel, water container and brush if you want to paint along with Rachel. Rachel will also have a limited number of kits, and other goodies available for sale the night of the event. Masks are strongly encouraged and appreciated.

Location: Phoenix