The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule

Over 50 craft talks, panels, presentations, and more

Featuring over 50 craft talks, workshops, panels, and presentations, our conference is eclectic, comprehensive, balanced, and diverse.

As a conference focused on literary craft and techinque, we cover all major genres and forms, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, memoir, young adult, and genre fiction. Sessions also touch on editing, publishing, the business of writing, and the writing life. 

We also highlight special topics like travel writing, climate change, graphic novels, translation, disability studies, hybrid forms, social justice, and more. 

The day begins around 8:00 a.m. and ends around 5:00 p.m. Sessions are typically an hour each.

Beyond regular sessions, we also offer advanced workshops with selected conference faculty before the conference begins.

To learn more, you can view the schedule below. You can also view past schedules or download last year's program

The schedule for the 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference will be announced soon. 

To learn more about the Conference, you can meet our faculty or visit the registration page.