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Piper Writer’s Studio offers early fall workshops


August 22, 2008

Are you interested in writing for young audiences? Finishing your screenplay? Finally getting that novel off the ground?

ASU’s Piper Writer’s Studio is offering a series of workshops beginning Aug. 25 to help beginning and experienced writers accomplish their goals.

Each course is led by an experienced writer from the local community who guides workshop participants through different aspects of a specified genre.

Beginning and One-Day workshops are appropriate for writers of all experience levels. Online courses are a convenient way to take advantage of the Piper Writer’s Studio from anywhere in the world. Participants use Web-based forums to submit their work and interact with the instructor and other class members.

The early fall schedule includes two sessions.

Session I classes, beginning the week of Aug. 25 and running through Oct. 13, include:

• “Swept Away: Writing Romantic Fiction” taught by Connie Flynn, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Mondays, Scottsdale Waterfront Borders, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Fee: $400.

• “Writing For Young Adult Audiences,” taught by Laurie Brooks, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Piper Writers House, ASU’s Tempe campus. Fee: $400.

• “Developing Your Screenplay,” taught by M. Scott Krause, online. Fee: $75.

• “Where Are Your Words? Exercises for Writers,” taught by Valerie Bandura Finn, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 6, Piper Writers House, ASU’s Tempe campus. Fee: $100.

• “True Life: Weaving Books from Real People and Events,” taught by Jana Bommersbach, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sept. 20, Piper Writers House, ASU’s Tempe campus. Fee: $100.

• “Method Writing: Actors’ Tools, Writers’ Rules,” taught by Mary-Rose Hayes, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 4, Piper Writers House, ASU’s Tempe campus. Fee: $100.

Session 2, beginning the week of Oct. 20 and running through the week of Dec. 15, includes:

• “Writing the Novel,” taught by Mary-Rose Hayes, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, Borders, 7000 E. Mayo Blvd., Scottsdale. Fee: $400.

• “Writing Fiction in Genres,” taught by Michael A. Stackpole, online. Fee: $75.

• “Crafting Characters Readers Can’t Put Down,” taught by Patrick Michael Finn, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 25, Piper Writers House, ASU’s Tempe campus. Fee: $100.

• “Flash Fiction/Prose Poems,” taught by Valerie Bandura Finn, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 8, Piper Writers House, ASU’s Tempe campus. Fee: $100.

Piper Center Members receive a 10 percent discount off tuition for every workshop registration they buy.

Piper Writer’s Studio workshops have been made possible by a donation by Jonathan and Maxine Marshall. For registration information, visit the Web site www.asu.edu/piper or call (480) 965-6018.