The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule 2020

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Conference Schedule 2020

Featuring over 50 craft talks, workshops, panels, and presentations, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is eclectic, balanced, and diverse, providing comprehensive coverage of the creative writing field

Conference sessions are about an hour long and take place throughout the day, Friday and Saturday, February 21 and 22, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Receptions, keynotes, and other special events take place from 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.. Advanced workshops take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

To view the full schedule and find sessions for this year's conference, use the side menu or keep reading

You can also view individual schedules for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

To learn more about the conference, you can meet our faculty or register for the conference today!

View Sessions for the 2020 Conference


Friday, February 21, 2020, 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Ceremony, Social;

Queer Representation in Writing
Cathy Linh Che, Piper J Daniels, Kay Ulanday Barrett

Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Panel; LGBTQIA Studies, Mixed Genre, Sexuality


Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Basha, Old Main; Generative Workshop, Presentation; Creative Nonfiction, Memoir


Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Traditions, University Club; Generative Workshop, Workshop; Fiction, Short Stories


Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Heritage, University Club; Craft Talk, Presentation; Mixed Genre


Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Tooker, Old Main; Presentation; Fiction, Romance


Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Craft Talk, Presentation, Seminar; Fantasy, Fiction, Genre Fiction, Mixed Genre, Science Fiction


Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Heritage, University Club; Craft Talk, Presentation; Poetry, Social Practice, Therapeutic Practice


Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Basha, Old Main; Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Presentation; Fiction, Race, Sexuality


Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Traditions, University Club; Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Personal Essays

Veterans Reading
Office for Veteran and Military and Academic Engagement

Friday, February 21, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Heritage, University Club; Reading; Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Poetry


Friday, February 21, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Reading; Mixed Genre, Students


Friday, February 21, 2020, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Reading; Mixed Genre


Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Basha, Old Main; Presentation; Business of Writing, Children's Books, Creative Nonfiction, Marketing, Memoir, Middle Grade, Publishing, Young Adult Literature


Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Traditions, University Club; Conversation, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Creative Practice, Mixed Genre, Therapeutic Practice, Writing Practice, Writing Process


Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Presentation; Business of Writing, Professional Development


Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Heritage, University Club; ;

Publishing
Rosemarie Dombrowski, Sally Ball, Kirby Kim

Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Panel; Business of Writing, Publishing


Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Heritage, University Club; Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Experimental, Nature Writing, Poetry


Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thoren, University Club; Generative Workshop, Workshop; Poetry


Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Basha, University Club; Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Experimental, Fiction, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Short Stories


Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Traditions, University Club; Craft Talk, Presentation; Fiction, Mixed Genre


Friday, February 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tooker, Old Main; Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Experimental, Poetry

Building Strong Characters
Michael A Stackpole, Tracey Baptiste, Sarah MacLean, Cristina García

Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Panel; Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre


Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Heritage, University Club; Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Fiction, Mixed Genre


Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Thoren, University Club; Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Horror, Memoir, Personal Essays


Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Basha, Old Main; Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Poetry, Short Stories


Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Traditions, University Club; Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Creative Practice, Writing Life, Writing Practice, Writing Process


Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Tooker, Old Main; Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Mixed Genre, Nature Writing, Science Fiction


Friday, February 21, 2020, 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Carson Ballroom, Old Main; Reception;

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