The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Fellowships

Access and opportunity for the writing community

For the first time, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is proud to announce full and partial conference fellowships for writers to teach at the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference.

By presenting alongside nationally-recognized authors, editors, and other conference faculty, fellowships offer unique and valuable experiences for individuals to develop their professional networks, increase their national profile, and advance their writing careers. 

Fellowship applications for this year's conference are due July 30, 2018. Individuals will be notified by August 30, 2018.

To view current and past fellows, you can visit our fellows page.

To learn more about fellowships, you can review the information below or submit a fellowship application

Become a Fellow

Meet our Fellows

Fellowship Eligibility

Fellowships for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference are open to writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience. While individuals should have some sort of history of literary activity—publication, teaching, community involvement, etc—individuals do not need to be published authors to apply, nor do they need an advanced degree in English, Creative Writing or a related field.

Please note that individuals who have been awarded a fellowship for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference within the past year are ineligible to apply. 

Fellowship Applications

Fellowship applications consist of the following elements:

  • Contact Information
  • Session Proposal
    • Session Title
    • Session Description
  • Statement of Merit
  • Professional Biography
  • Resume/CV

Session Proposals

Generally speaking, we are interested sessions with the following characteristics:

  • Engaging: lively, dynamic sessions with innovative content presented through generative exercises, workshops, readings, discussions, small group work, and other conference formats
  • Relevant: engage, explore, and advance current trends, topics, and issues in creative literature, publishing, and contemporary literature
  • Interdisciplinary: approach their topics through different genres, styles, art forms, perspectives, or fields
  • Inclusive: accurately portray and reflect the diversity of individuals within the larger literary community

As a conference focused on craft and education, we tend to avoid sessions focusing exclusively on literary theory or the business of writing (querying agents, getting published, marketing, etc). That being said, we welcome elements of either incorporated into larger proposals.

For examples of previous sessions, you can view past conference schedules.

Awards and Benefits

Individuals who are selected as conference fellows will be offered a full or partial fellowship for conference tuition, and may attend and participate in all regular conference offerings as they see fit.

Beyond presenting their session alongside nationally-recognized authors and conference faculty, fellows are invited to attend any special receptions, socials, or other conference events, and will be included in national promotions and publicity.

Fellows will also be formally honored at the conference with a brief ceremony on Friday evening before the keynote address.

Additional Financial Aid

At this time, no additional assistance for travel, lodging, or other financial assistance for fellows is available. Fellows are responsible for any additional costs incurred through their conference involvement.

This being said, we are happy to connect fellows with local hotels or other resources in Phoenix, Arizona, and can readily supply fellowship award documentation to any institutions or organizations who may be providing financial assistance. We also recommend checking in with your local arts commission or office of arts and culture for additional support. 

Fellowship Reflections

As part of their fellowship, individuals will also be required to complete a short essay reflecting on their Conference experience (250 - 500 words), due no later than April 1.

 

Application Process

Fellowship applications are evaluted by committee according to the strength of the session proposal, the individual's history of work, and overall fit within current conference offerings. 

Important Dates

Fellowship applications will open June 1. The deadline for this year's fellowship applications is July 30. All individuals will be notified no later than August 30, 2018.

Apply for the Fellowship

To apply for a fellowship for this year's Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, you can submit a fellowship application.

Become a Fellow

More Information

For more information about fellowships, contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at 480.727.1787 or felicia.zamora@asu.edu.