The Piper Center for Creative Writing, the home of HFR, is once again offering their Piper Writer’s Studio classes. These courses are open to writers of all levels and give students an opportunity to learn from experienced writers and teachers. Here are just a few of the classes that will be offered this spring:

Poetry: “Ekphrasis: A Conversation Among the Arts”
Instructor: Mark Haunschild
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 February 15- April 5

Break out of the traditional workshop in this class where you’ll go to art museums to create poems in response to local artwork. The class will focus on generating and revising original poems, as well as a collaborative long poem in response to an exhibition. Mark Haunschild is a former HFR editor and a graduate of ASU’s MFA program.

If you’re interested in taking a class, but aren’t in the area, check out our online courses, like this one:

Poetry: “Four Poems in Four Weeks”
Instructor: Sarah Vap
February 15-March 8

Having trouble getting started or keeping at it? Often, the most difficult part of writing is putting that first word on the page. This course will focus on the art and craft of generating first drafts. Prompts, questions, exercises, and readings each week will work toward building new poems. Sarah Vap is a graduate of ASU’s MFA program and the co-editor of the online journal 42opus. Check out her poetry in HFR issue 44!

Interested in taking a course but don’t have the time to commit to weekly classes? Try a one-day workshop to get a full course in just one day! Here’s just one of the classes offered:

Nonfiction: “From Ordinary to Extraordinary”
Instructor: Tania Katan
Saturday, February 20, 9-3:30 PM

Learn how everyday incidents can be crafted into amazing personal narratives! Through writing exercises, group discussions and individualized encouragement, we’ll transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. There will be opportunities to read your writing aloud. No writing experience is necessary. Tania Katan is a local author whose memoir, My One Night Stand With Cancer, won the 2006 Judy Grahn Award in Nonfiction and was an honoree of the 2006 American Library Association’s. Check out our Cup of Ambition interview with Tania Katan here!

This is only a brief sampling of the classes Piper Writer’s Studio offers. To see the full range of classes offered, click here.