The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule, Friday, Feb 21, 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

To find sessions on Friday, keep reading

You can also find conference sessions on Saturdayfind advanced workshops on Thursday, or view the full schedule for this year. 

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

Find Sessions on Friday, February 21

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

Creative Writing is Queer
Piper J Daniels, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Raquel Gutiérrez
Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Panel; LGBTQIA, Mixed Genre, Sexuality

Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Heritage, University Club
Generative Workshop, Presentation; Creative Nonfiction, Memoir

Friday, February 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Thoren, University Club
Conversation, Discussion, Panel, Presentation, Reading, Talk; Feminism, Latin American, Latinx, Poetry, Translation, Women's Studies, World Literature

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., Basha, Old Main
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., Traditions, University Club
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Creative Nonfiction, Essays, Fiction, Humor, Memoir, Personal Essays

Friday, February 21, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Tooker, Old Main
Lecture, Presentation, Seminar; Business of Writing, Creative Practice, Professional Development

Panel: Making a Mystery
Shannon Baker, Dianne Freeman, Denise Ganley, Deborah J. Ledford, Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths
Friday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Thoren, University Club
Panel; Crime Fiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Mystery

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

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., 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
Craft Talk, Presentation; American Indian, Creative Nonfiction, Indigenous, Poetry

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. - 2:45 p.m., Tooker, Old Main
Panel; Children's Books, Marketing, Middle Grade, Publishing, Submitting, Young Adult Literature

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

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

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, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Heritage, University Club
Craft Talk, Presentation; Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Memoir, Poetry

Hey, I Know You! Building Strong Characters
Michael A Stackpole, Tracey Baptiste, HelenKay Dimon, Cristina García, Jonathan Danielson
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., 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, 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Reception;

Friday, February 21, 2020, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Keynote; Feminism, Gender, Mixed Genre, Women's Studies