Creative Aging

Life Stories

A writing workshop series for women, led by Kim Porter

We each have a story to tell; here’s a chance to tell yours. This 10-part workshop for writers of all experience levels (including none!) will help you get your tales from the head to the page with prompts, exercises, and sharing. The class will also cover topics including blogging and publishing.

$200 for 10-part series

Mondays from January 28 – April 1, 2019, 10 a.m.– noon:
Jan. 28
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25
March 4, 11, 18, 25
April 1

A public reading of original work from the workshop series will take place in Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Lounge on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m.

Kim Porter is a writer, performer, and storytelling coach. She’s been developing the work of other writers since 1997. Porter currently teaches storytelling for adults and solo performance. She has written plays, screenplays, novels, and, most recently, creative non-fiction. Porter has performed her own work around the Valley at venues large and small and has had her plays produced in San Diego, Los Angeles, and New York City. In 2015 she was named Best Storyteller by Phoenix New Times. She’s been published in Phoenix New Times, Narratively, and Reader’s Digest. In 2018 she was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

To register, please contact the box office at 480-499-8587 or use the button below.


Stories of the Shoah

A writing workshop especially for Holocaust survivors and their descendants, led by Deborah H. Sussman

Deborah Sussman

Sundays, 1–3 p.m.
Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24
March 3
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Stage 2

$100 for five workshops

This workshop series will culminate in a public reading of participants’ stories on March 10, 2019, at 2 p.m.

Deborah H. Sussman is a writer and editor based in Tempe, Arizona. Her father, Peter Sussman, was born in Berlin in 1928 and came to the United States as a refugee after surviving imprisonment at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp during World War II. Formerly an editor at Scholastic and at the Jewish News of Greater Phoenix, Sussman is the communications and media specialist for the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. She has taught writing at the University of Virginia, Phoenix College and Arizona State University and co-teaches the workshop Mothers Who Write. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, the Phoenix New Times and Art in America, among other places.

To register, please contact the box office at 480-499-8587 or use the button below.


Coloring and Coffee

Every Wednesday morning
Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, Ariz., 85257

Join Scottsdale Arts and explore your creativity in a social and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy a cup of coffee and relax with some calming art activities.

  • Cost: Free