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More Announcements from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing!

Below, please find a couple exciting new endeavors from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing:


The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is excited to introduce our new accelerated online certificate in writing the novel: A full year working with celebrated faculty and a small cohort to bring your novel to the page!

  • Choice of two tracks: Young Adult or Sci-fi/Fantasy.
  • Small, inclusive classes and a supportive community of fellow writers.
  • Expert instruction from celebrated faculty.
  • A full year of mentoring.

Apply by October 31, 2013.


The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing's freshly launched blog kicks off with the first of our ongoing biweekly guest posts by distinguished writers.

Check out Michael Schiffer's "Writer's Blog" here.

Piper Writer's Blog posts feature advice, creative writing, and creative thinking by prominent writers. Check back often and stay inspired as we add to this invaluable resource! Watch for future guest bloggers Dana Stabenow, Tania Katan, T. Jefferson Parker, and many more.

Happily living and writing in Phoenix after escaping alive from L.A., Michael Schiffer wrote the groundbreaking screenplay for Colors, directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Sean Penn and Robert Duval. His next film, Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman, won NAACP Image Awards for Best Film and Best Actor and was followed by Crimson Tide (Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington), The Peacemaker (George Clooney and Nicole Kidman), and The Four Feathers, starring Heath Ledger, Wes Bentley, and Kate Hudson. Schiffer published two books with Simon & Schuster, Lessons of the Road and Ballpark, and is working on a new novel, To End All Wars. His producing credits include Lean on Me and Le Divorce, a Merchant/Ivory film based on the novel by Diane Johnson, a finalist for the National Book Award. A Creative Advisor at the ScripTeast Writers Conference in Poland, Michael has taught for over twenty years and is currently a Trustee Professor teaching actors and writers at Chapman College.