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Our Mission

Our Mission

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is the Southwest's creative hub for writers and readers and the artistic and intellectual heart of a newly vibrant, multinational, and culturally diverse world of writers.

The center aspires to:

  • touch many lives in many ways;
  • foster a thriving creative and literary community and transform the Valley's cultural environment;
  • promote the value that art is integral to all our lives and make it accessible to our community of writers;
  • become the driving force for a dynamic and entrepreneurial creative environment that will enrich Arizona and global communities;
  • elevate the creative writing graduate program into the ranks of the top five in the nation and the world.

    Piper Center Endowment Information

    The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is jointly funded by a prestigious $10 million endowment from the Piper Charitable Trust and by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.  

    Because our endowed funds are earmarked for very specific uses and programs, the majority of our free and fee-based public programs are not supported by these funds.  The Piper Center for Creative Writing conducts a comprehensive fundraising campaign each year to ensure the continued financial health of these programs through private donation, corporate sponsorship, and government grants.

    Our highest priorities in fundraising are student fellowships and sponsorships that support our largest public events and programs.