The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule

Over 50 craft talks, panels, presentations, and more

The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is eclectic, comprehensive, balanced, and diverse, featuring over 50 craft talks, workshops, panels, and other presentations on literary craft, current trends, special topics, publishing, and more. 

Sessions cover all major genres and forms—fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, memoir, young adult, and genre fiction—while also touching 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. 

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

The schedule for the 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference will be announced in Fall of 2019. 

In the meantime, you can view past schedulesdownload last year's program, meet our faculty, or learn more about the conference

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