Beyond Narrative with Piper J. Daniels

Walter Benjamin once said, “All great works of literature either dissolve a genre or invent one.” In this advanced three-week class, we’ll discover what is gained when we forego conventional expectations of content and form. Working in such mediums as personal essay, lyric essay, memoir, fiction, poetry, philosophy, mixed-media film, photography, song lyric, journal, dream and anecdote, we’ll unearth our private obsessions and render our experiences accessible and relevant to a larger audience. Revolutionary strategies include creatively and psychologically generative writing exercises, genuine in-class collaboration and community building, discussion and implementation of new and innovative literary forms, and a fresh take on writer's workshop.

By the last class, everyone will have a collage-in-progress and a tailored submission strategy. If anyone ever told you that your work was too wild, too dark, too queer, too experimental or chaotic, this class is for you.

Meet Your Instructor

Piper J. Daniels is a Michigan native and queer intersectional feminist currently living in the American Southwest. She received a BA from Columbia College Chicago and an MFA from University of Washington. Her debut essay collection, "Ladies Lazarus," won the Tarpaulin Sky Book Award, was longlisted for the PEN Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award For the Art of the Essay, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in LGBTQ Nonfiction. Entropy named" Ladies Lazarus" one of their favorite books of 2018. Daniels’s work appears in "Hotel Amerika," "The Rumpus," "Tarpaulin Sky," "Entropy," "Longreadsand elsewhere. She works as a full-time writer and manuscript consultant to the curious and the brave.

About the Piper Writers Studio

The Piper Writers Studio is committed to supporting writers in every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. All classes are not-for-credit, and are intended for an open to the public. You do not need to be an ASU student to attend. Writers of all backgrounds, genres, and experience levels are welcome. Discounts for students, senior citizens, individuals experiencing economic challenges, and other groups are available for every class. To learn more about the Piper Writer Studio, visit our website at

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm
$25 and More
Tempe campus
Piper Writers House
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