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Pima Writer’s Workshop opens Thurs.

The annual seminar offers 3-day immersion into being a writer

For authors of all ages and genres, the Pima Writer’s Workshop one of Tucson’s best bargains. The annual weekend seminar begins Thursday evening with a reception and introduction. Friday the conference begins a three-day immersion into the business and practice of being a writer.

The Pima Writer’s Workshop, sponsored by Pima Community College and headed by PCC writing faculty Meg Files, focuses on the personal and professional aspects of being a writer. The program serves up a number of out-of-town experts and authors for a relatively small price tag: $130 for the entire weekend.  

The Pima Writer’s Workshop offers advice and encouragement from working writers and other professionals, including agents and publishers. Among the speakers on this year’s roster are Thomas Cobb, whose first novel, “Crazy Heart” was made into an award-winning movie, New York author and editor Sarah Rainone, literary agent Jin Auh, poets Nancy Mairs and Andrew Grace, and award winning author Gina Ochsner. Other presenters include novelists Debra Brenegan, Ann Cummins, Joshua Mohr, Mark Jude Poirier, Michael Parker, Justin Torres, and literary agent Markus Hoffman.  

The sessions provide methods for generating ideas and techniques for improving writing skills through exercises led by the various authors. There are also sessions offering advice on the writing life, such as panel discussions Friday and Sunday on “Keeping the Faith.” Readings by the authors are interspersed between the hands-on exercise sessions.

Students can register for the non-credit Pima Writer’s Workshop at any Pima Community College campus or by calling 206-6468.

Students who have previously attended PCC also can register online through the “MyPima” portal. Students also can earn college credits for the workshop, though additional tuition is required.

Because of the low cost, meals are not provided. Participants can either bring meals or go off campus during the lunch and dinner breaks.

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If you go

  • What: The Pima Writer’s Workshop, sponsored by Pima Community College
  • When: Opening reception Thursday, May 24 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sessions from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Sunday.
  • Where: Center for the Arts, Pima Community College West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd. Opening reception at Hotel Tucson City Center, 475 N. Granada Avenue.
  • Cost: $130