WRITING

DOING THE GROUND WORK

6:30-8:30PM MST TUESDAYS
4 SESSIONS: JULY 14, 21, 28
AUGUST 4

Pam Houston and Ginger Gaffney

This workshop will be hosted online as part of our virtual event series. Price includes one hardcover copy of Ginger Gaffney's debut memoir, Half Broke, and one paperback copy of Pam Houston's latest, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country.

From the instructors:
"Working and writing about animals and the natural environment demands we do a deep sink into instincts and systems which are not our own. In the horse world we call this Ground Work. As writers we do the same deep dive into our sentences, our scenes, dialogue, and characters. Paying attention to the physical senses is a way to keep us grounded in the real (or fictional ) world of our stories.

Ginger Gaffney (Half Broke) and Pam Houston (Contents May Have Shifted, Cowboys Are My Weakness) team up to teach this one time only—so far!—class in how to get your stories out of the physical world that surrounds you and into language and onto the page. In four two-hour sessions stretched across four weeks, we will start with where we get our material, our glimmers, the hunks of the physical world that resonate with us, that make us want to tell a story. Pam will lead the second class, where we will talk about writing scenes, complete with dialogue, stance, and point of view. In week three, Ginger will lead us in a class that details how to use revision as a tool to dig deeper into the physical world of our stories. In week four we will talk about compression and polish, and you guys will read to us from your work."

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

Location: Online

FROM MANUSCRIPT TO BOOK PUBLICATION

2:00-3:30PM MST SATURDAY
1 SESSION: JULY 18

Bill Clegg and David Ebershoff

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

Completing your manuscript is just the beginning. Literary agent and New York Times bestselling novelist Bill Clegg (Did You Ever Have a Family) and literary editor and novelist David Ebershoff (The 19th Wife) discuss the life cycle of a manuscript from agent to acquisition, and from editing to final publication. In addition to stories of working together as editor and agent on projects ranging from debut novels to bestselling memoirs, they will touch on the experience of being both writers and publishing professionals. An illuminating and candid talk for aspiring and established writers, as well as avid readers!

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

Location: Online

CRAFTING A QUERY LETTER

4-5PM MST MONDAY
1 SESSION: JULY 20

Dusti Bowling

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

From the host: “Join award-winning middle-grade author Dusti Bowling (Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus) for a workshop about crafting query letters that will snag the interest of literary agents. Topics will include query letter format, what you shouldn't include in your query letter, what you absolutely must include, helpful resources, and tips for avoiding instant rejection."

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

Location: Online

WHAT NO ONE TOLD ME ABOUT PUBLISHING

7PM MST WEDNESDAY
1 SESSION: JULY 22

Tom Leveen

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

From the host: “Don't publish your book (yet)! Award-winning novelist and Bram Stoker Award finalist Tom Leveen has been publishing fiction since 2010, with nine novels out thus far with traditional publishers like Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. This class is a crash course on what he'd do differently if starting over today. By the end of our time together, you'll have a better understanding of how to start your novel as well as how to approach revision and pitching to agents, with plenty of time for live Q&A.”

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Location: Online

WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW
"BEGINNINGS AND BEGINNINGS"

6-7:30PM MST MONDAY
1 SESSION: JULY 27

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.

Tonight, assistant editor of The Southampton Review, rock and roll journalist, fiction writer, and teacher Dan McDermott continues the series with "Beginnings and Beginnings." The opening sentence of a short story, novel, memoir, essay, or any type of writing that purports to be a narrative, must arrest the reader's attention and foreshadow what's to come—both in quality and subject. This workshop will discuss how to begin writing and what to begin it with. We will dissect the openings of several master works, discuss ways in which a strong beginning directs the ending, talk about ways to create conflict from the start, how an engaging start will keep you going, and write some openings of our own.

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Location: Online

GARDENING

WICKEDLY SMART WATER HARVESTING

6PM MST WEDNESDAY
1 SESSION: JULY 8

Greg Peterson

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

Living in the Sonoran Desert has unique water challenges. Greg will share with you some tried and true ways to harvest and collect rain and other waters from around your home for your garden needs. Not only will you learn to how to catch the water, you'll learn ways to store it effectively. Bring a notebook and your sense of adventure. You’ll learn: the true meaning of rainwater and greywater harvesting, water harvesting ROI (return on investment), the five components of a complete water harvesting system.

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

Location: Online