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Piper Center offers a variety of fall writing courses

August 12, 2010

Do you have an unfinished novel tucked away in a drawer? An urge to write poetry but not the nerve? A story that’s done that you’d like to get published?

Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has fall classes for levels of all writers and interests, ranging from fiction and poetry to nonfiction and memoir, beginning Sept. 27.

All classes except the online sessions will be held in Piper Writers House on the Tempe campus.

The classes, which are appropriate for writers of all experience levels, include:

8-WEEK SESSIONS (Sept. 27-Nov. 15)
Cost: $400 ($360 for Piper Friends).

POETRY: “Eight Poems in Eight Weeks” with Leah Soderberg, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

FICTION: “Driving Stories To Their Best Destinations” with Patrick Michael Finn, Mondays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

FICTION/NONFICTION: “What a Character!” with Elizabeth Weld, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

ONLINE SESSIONS (week of Oct. 25-week of Nov. 15)
Cost: $200 ($180 for Piper Friends).

POETRY: “Coloring [Inside] the Lines: The Practice of Poetry” with Elizabyth A. Hiscox.

FICTION: “Writing the World a Better Place” with Shannon Cain.

FICTION/NONFICTION: “Press Start/Restart: Getting on Track [Again] With Your Writing Project” with Vyvyane Loh.

NONFICTION: “Writing For Real” with Jana Bommersbach.

MEMOIR/NONFICTION: “Writing the Memoir” with Matthew Gavin Frank.

ONE-DAY CLASSES (Sat., Oct. 23)
Cost: $100 ($90 for Piper Friends).

POETRY: “The Conjugation of Breath” with Jessica Burnquist, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included).

FICTION: “Enrich Your Writing Through Mining Your Past” with Mary-Rose Hayes, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included).

ALL GENRES: “How to Get Published in Literary Magazines” with Shannon Cain, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included).

ALL GENRES: “Living in a Material World” with Andrea Avery Decker, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (lunch included).

ONE-DAY CLASSES (Sat. Nov. 13)
Cost: $100 ($90 for Piper Friends).

FICTION: “The Truest Eye” with Bill Konigsberg, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, (lunch included).

NONFNFICTION: “Making Your Story Sing: How to Write a Great Magazine Piece” with Jana Bommersbach, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch included).

YOUNG ADULT: “Through the Looking Glass: Writing Fantasy Fiction for the Young Adult Market” with Lucy Hawking, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (lunch included).

Hawking has written two novels. And she co-wrote, with her father, Professor Stephen Hawking, the first two books of a trilogy aimed at bringing science to a young global audience. Hawking will be the ASU Origins Project Writer in Residence during the 2010-2011 academic year.

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