Virginia G Piper Center Summer and Fall Courses

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU is proud to announce new creative writing classes and workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, poetry, screenwriting, flash, hybrid forms, and more for Summer and Fall 2018:

Start Date
Class & Instructor
July 10
Aug 4
Aug 4
Sep 4
Sep 8
Sep 10
Sep 15
Sep 24
Advanced Fiction Workshop with James Sallis
Sep 29
A Deeper Image: A Poetry Workshop with Joshua Marie Wilkinson
Oct 2
Oct 4
Oct 20
Oct 27
Nov 16

All classes take place at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281). Hours and costs vary. Discounts are available for students and ASU affiliates. To learn more and register, you can download a flier, find classes on facebook, visit our website at

Writing Workshop: Characterization and Dialogue by Susan Pohlman

Writing Workshop

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Watch for our next workshops in Oct.

Saturday, August 25 2018
10:00 am-4:00pm
Continental Country Club
Continental Room
Second Floor
2380 N. Oakmont, Flagstaff

Cost $55

Characterization and Dialogue

What makes a character jump off the page and keep an agent, publisher or reader hooked all the way until the end of the book? How does a writer create believable, compelling, and effective dialogue?

Understanding characterization and dialogue is crucial to effective storytelling. Come enjoy a day of camaraderie and craft as we unlock the secrets of great writing.

In this cross-genre hands-on workshop we will explore techniques for creating characters that your readers or audience won't soon forget.

Susan Pohlman

Facilitator Susan Pohlman, author, editor, and ASU writing instructor, is the founder of The Phoenix Writers Network. Her memoir, Halfway to Each Other, has won numerous awards. Her essays have been published in a variety of publications.