The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Registration

Save $50 through December 31

Attending a creative writing conference is a major decision: a serious commitment of your time and money, a significant investment in your literary career. That's why we strive to keep our conference affordable and provide you comprehensive information about all of our faculty and sessions before you attend, so you can be empowered to make the decision that's the right one for you.

Each year, we offer several options to register for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference:

  • Early Registration is $250 through December 31st
  • Standard Registration is $300
  • Single-day passes are available for $200
  • Discounts are available for Arizona Educators, ASU affiliates, senior citizens, and active or retired military personnel.

Looking for other options or additional support? The Piper Center offers a limited number of scholarships and fellowships to the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference ever year, as well as special registration rates for sponsors and exhibitors.

Registration for the 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is currently closed. Registration will open in Fall of 2019 and stay open through the conference.

In the meantime, you can meet our faculty, view the schedule, or learn more about the conference as a whole. You can also learn more about exhibiting at the conference or becoming a sponsor.

Please note: any cancellations or refunds require a $25 processing fee. For discounts, refunds, or more information about the conference, contact Education Programs Manager Felicia Zamora at 480.727.1787 or