The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

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Conference Faculty

Gracious, generous educators with a passion for community.

Featuring over 25 award-winning writers, editors, agents, educators, and other internationally recognized creative writing professionals, our faculty are here to do more than expand your skill set or open new ways of thinking about your work. They're here to share their experiences, answer questions, and spend time connecting with conference attendees.

Our 2021 faculty include Sally Ball, Matt Bell, Mahogany L. Browne, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Alan Dean Foster, Tod Goldberg, Raquel Gutiérrez, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Linda Hogan, Jenny Irish, Beverly Jenkins, Kirby Kim, C.B. Lee, Connie J. Mableson, tanner menard, Christopher Morgan, Chantelle Aimee Osmond, Cynthia Pelayo, Evan Winter, and Erika T. Wurth.

More faculty and information will be announced soon. 

To meet past faculty, keep reading. 

You can also meet our fellowsview the schedule, or learn more about the conference.