The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing


Established in 2003 with a historic gift from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is a non-academic university center dedicated to offering talks, readings, classes, workshops, and other literary events and programs for the larger community, including:

As a center, we aspire to be a point of reference in people's lives—a way of orienting oneself in relationship to others, of finding a direction—by creating moments of individual, social, and cultural significance around creative writing and contemporary literature.

  • Connecting writers and readers of all genres and backgrounds across multiple disciplines and fields of interest
  • Supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities
  • Fostering an active, engaged literary community by enriching the Valley's cultural life 
  • Driving a dynamic and creative environment throughout Arizona and the entire Southwest
  • Encouraging mutual understanding through international artistic and cultural exchange
  • Making art integral to all our lives and promoting its value and benefits to the larger community

All Local First members received 10% off classes and workshops using the code LocalFirstAZ20. To learn more about who we are, what we do, and find events and programs near you, visit our website at 


450 E Tyler Mall
Tempe, Arizona 85281

The Piper Writers House is located Southwest of Old Main and the University Club in the historic quarter of Arizona State University. Comprehensive directions can be found at

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  • Author talks and readings from the Distinguished Visiting Writer Series
  • Classes and workshops through the Piper Writers Studio
  • The annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference every late February
  • Community-based programs, outreach, and more


Office hours: Mon - Thu 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Events and programs take place at various times