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The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is an annual creative writing conference at Arizona State University featuring nationally-recognized writers presenting a variety of classes, workshops, panels, and talks on literary craft, technique, and other topics related to creative writing and contemporary literature. To learn more about the conference, visit the about page.
Whether hobby, practice, passion, or profession, our conference is for writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience. You don't need to have an MFA in Creative Writing, have studied English, or come from an academic background. You don't need to have a completed manuscript or be publishing work. Our attendees learn as much from each other as they do from our faculty. By offering a variety of sessions across multiple topics and fields, each attendee can engage in a uniquely meaningful experience—the one that makes the most sense for them—personally tailored to their particular interests and needs. To learn more about sessions, you can view current and past schedules.
Our conference typically features around 25 faculty a year, with additional sessions taught by fellows. To learn more, you can meet our faculty.
Our faculty are nationally-recognized writers, editors, agents, critics, translators, educators, publishers, and other creative writing professionals. They've published in venues like Guernica, Hobart, Ploughshares, The Believer, The Kenyon Review, The New Yorker, and Tin House. They've written criticism and reviews for LitHub, The Atlantic, The Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times. They've received honors and awards including Guggenheim Fellowships, the Lambda Literary Award, the Locus, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, NEA Fellowships, the O. Henry Prize, and more. To learn more, you can view current and past faculty.
Yes. Our light-rail stop is College Ave and Veterans Way; campus is also served by numerous modes of public transportation. For more information about public transportation, visit our Getting Here page.
No. While the conference features a catered reception and offers complimentary coffee and water throughout the day, meals are not included as part of conference registration.
No. Unfortunately there will be no alcohol served at the catered reception.
Yes. Conference attendees are welcome to bring their own food. However, please note that no refrigerators or other places to store food are available during the conference.
A number of restaurants, stores, and other dining options are located on campus and within walking distance from the conference.
Phoenix in late February is generally dry and temperate, with high temperatures around 70 degrees. As a desert, nights can be somewhat chilly. We recommend checking the weather and planning appropriately. For more information on packing, visit our travel page.
A number of hotels, motels, and other lodging options are located within walking distance from the conference. For more information about lodging, you can visit our travel page.
The conference is two days long. Sessions begin around 8:00 a.m. and end around 5:00 p.m. Keynotes, readings, and other activities begin around 7:00 p.m. To find specific dates and learn more, view this year's schedule.
The conference typically occurs on a Friday and Saturday in mid to late February. To find specific dates and learn more, view this year's schedule.
The conference typically features around 50 sessions over two days, with five to six sessions running at the same time. To learn more about sessions, view this year's schedule.
Sessions are typically one hour long, with ten to fifteen minute breaks in between each session and longer breaks for lunch and dinner. To find specific times and learn more, you can view this year's schedule.
We offer a variety of craft talks, classes, panels, generative workshops, interviews, conversations, discussions, and q&a's. The conference also features advanced workshops, readings, socials, and other ways for people to connect with fellow attendees and deepen their conference experience. To learn more about sessions, you can view current and past schedules.
Beyond major forms like poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, our conference covers a wide range of genres and topics, including but not limited to essays, memoirs, short stories, novels, hybrid forms, young adult middle grade, science fiction, fantasy, genre, fiction, travel writing, journalism, screenwriting, comics, graphic novels, and more. Several sessions are devoted to editors, agents, query letters, publishing, and other aspects of the business of writing. Special topics like climate change, immigration, and social justice feature prominently as well. To learn more about sessions, you can view current and past schedules.
While each session varies according to faculty and format, sessions typically feature a short lecture or presentation, small or large group discussion, in-class writing exercises and activities, and q&a. Panels, interviews, or similar formats may be more focused on conversation, discussion, and q&a. To learn more about sessions, you can view current and past schedules.
As a mid-sized conference, we create a more intimate, community-focused environment, drawing around 300 attendees a year.
While most sessions average between 25 and 40 attendees, larger sessions or panels may draw as many as 70 or 80, with keynotes having hundreds of seats.
Early registration for the conference is $250. Standard registration is $300. Other discounts or options may be available. To learn more about registration, visit our registration page.
Early registration ends December 31. To learn more about early registration, visit our registration page.
Yes. Single-day passes are available for $150 each. To learn more about single-day passes, visit our registration page.
Some discounts may be available. To learn more about discounts, visit our registration page.
Discounts for businesses, educational institutions, groups, or other organizations may be available through our sponsorship program. To learn more about sponsorships, visit our sponsorships page or contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at email@example.com.
Advanced workshops provide opportunities for more intimate and intensive learning with selected conference faculty outside of the regular schedule. Each workshop is three hours long and takes place the day before the conference begins. Please note: advanced workshops are not included in conference registration and have additional fees. To learn more, you can view advanced workshops.
The exhibitor fair provides opportunities for conference attendees to interact with small presses, publishers, local businesses, or other groups. The exhibitor fair takes place on the grounds surrounding Old Main and runs throughout the conference. Exhibitors also present small activities or programs as part of the larger festivities. To learn more, you can meet our exhibitors.
Yes. To exhibit at the conference, complete an exhibitor application form.
Full spaces are $200. Half spaces are $100. For more information, visit our exhibitor application page.
Exhibitor space includes a 6’ table and two chairs, with additional opportunities for complimentary and/or discounted registrations, discounted advertising, programming, and more. For more information, visit our exhibitor application page.
Yes. We currently offer a small number of scholarships for Arizona educators for individuals to attend the conference (covering the cost of tuition). To learn more about scholarships, visit our scholarships page.
Yes. We currently offer a number of full and partial fellowships for individuals to teach at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference (covering the cost of tuition). To learn more about fellowships, visit our fellowships page.
While the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference has a small number of volunteers who help with registration, sessions, and other aspects of the conference, we are not accepting applications for volunteer positions at this point in time. That being said, you can sign up for our mailing list and select “Yes, I am interested in receiving more information about volunteering” to receive more information about volunteer opportunities as they become available.
Yes. Arizona State University offers free, public WiFi service to any individuals on campus. To access WiFi, connect with the network “ASU Guest” and follow the instructions provided on-screen.
While we do not have a printer for public use, public printers may be available at ASU Libraries. For more information about printing, visit the ASU Library website.
Books are available for purchase through the bookfair on the third floor of Old Main or, in some cases, through publishers at the exhibitor fair.
Yes. You are welcome to bring your own books to get signed.
Yes. While there are no formal book signings during the conference, please feel free to approach faculty before or after their sessions to have your books signed.
All conference attendees will receive a complimentary tote bag and their conference program upon registration. Limited supplies of folders, journals, pens, and other materials may be available upon request. While the conference program includes several pages to take notes, attendees may wish to bring their own notepads, journals, laptop computers, or other devices and materials as they see fit. More information about conference supplies and materials will be sent to attendees via email as the conference approaches.
Yes. Photography at the conference is welcome. That being said, please be respectful of faculty, attendees, or other individuals who may not wish to have their pictures taken.
No. Unfortunately, ASU is a tobacco-free campus. If you would like to smoke, the nearest location is on the corner of College Ave and University, just a short walk away. Please note that this includes e-cigarettes. To learn more, visit ASU’s Tobacco-free Initiative page.
Yes. We’re happy to provide any certificates of completion or other documentation required for professional development programs. For more information about Continuing Education Unites (CEU’s), please contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. The hashtag for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is #desertnightsrisingstars and #dnrs followed by the year (e.g. "#dnrs2019"). You can also use #piperwriters and #piperwritershouse.
The best way to stay up to date with the conference is to sign up for our mailing list. You can also visit our facebook page and find the Desert Nights, Rising Stars facebook event, or follow us on instagram or twitter. Conference attendees will also receive regular updates via email after registration.
Registration for the conference typically ends at the beginning of the week the conference is scheduled to take place.
Registration for next year's conference typically opens in early June. For specific dates and times, visit our registration page.
Yes. Late registrations may be available. For late registrations, please contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.email@example.com.
Yes. While individuals can arrive at the conference and register the day-of, we cannot accept payments on site. As such, all registrations will still take place through an online portal as a late registration.
Of course! Your friends are lucky to have you, what a thoughtful gift. To purchase a registration as a gift, simply register for the conference and enter the specified information as necessary and appropriate. For more information about gifts, contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at Felicia.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course. To request a refund, please contact Education Programs Manager, Felicia Zamora at Felicia.email@example.com. All conference refunds will require a $25 processing fee.
Yes. A small number of media passes may be available for journalists or reporters writing features or articles about the conference. For more information on media passes, please contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. The Piper Center is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for individuals of all abilities, including mobility, hearing, sight, and more. For more about accessibility, visit our accessibility page.
Yes. We offer a number of options for advertising in the conference program or distributing printed materials. To learn more, you can view our adveritising options.
Yes. The conference offers numerous ways for individuals, businesses, or other organizations to make a contribution to the conference. To learn more, you can view our sponsorship levels and benefits.
Conference schedules are typically announced in late August or early September each year. To learn more, you can view current and past schedules.
Conference faculty are typically announced in late May or early June of each year. To learn more, you can view current and past faculty.
Conference scholarships typically open in late August or early September of each year. To learn more, visit our scholarships page.
Scholarships typically close in late November or early December. For specific dates and times, visit our scholarship page.
Fellowships typically open in late March or early April. For specific dates and times, visit our fellowships page.
Fellowships typically close in late June or early July. For specific dates and times, visit our fellowship page.