The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Conference Schedule Saturday, Feb 22, 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 Saturday, keep reading

You can also find conference sessions on Friday, find 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 Saturday, February 22

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Panel; Fiction, Novels, Short Stories, Writing Process

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Heritage, University Club
Presentation; Agents, Business of Writing, Editing, Publishing

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Thoren, University Club
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Mixed Genre

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Basha, Old Main
Craft Talk, Presentation, Workshop; Creative Practice, Poetry, Social Justice

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Traditions, University Club
Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Disability, Gender, Gender Studies, LGBTQIA, Mixed Genre, Race, Social Justice

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Tooker, Old Main
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation; Creative Practice, Visual Art, Writing Process

In Translation: The Craft of Crossing Languages
Ryka Aoki, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Laura Tohe, Ryan Greene, Claudia Nuñez de Ibieta
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Panel; Translation, World Literature

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Heritage, University Club
Craft Talk, Discussion, Presentation; Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Romance

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Thoren, University Club
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Lecture, Workshop; Autobiography, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Personal Essays

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Basha, Old Main
Generative Workshop, Seminar, Workshop; Creative Nonfiction, Family History, Journalism, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Personal Essays, Research

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Traditions, University Club
Discussion, Presentation; Latinx, Mixed Genre, Social Justice

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Tooker, Old Main
Generative Workshop, Performative Workshop, Workshop; Creative Practice, Experimental, Hybrid, LGBTQIA, Mixed Genre, Race, Research, Social Justice

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Reading; Mixed Genre, Students

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Basha, Old Main
Generative Workshop, Workshop; Mixed Genre

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Traditions, University Club
Workshop; Poetry

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Panel; Mixed Genre

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Tooker, Old Main
Collaboration, Conversation, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Workshop; Community, Creative Practice, Experimental, Fiction, Hybrid, Writing Process

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Heritage, University Club
Craft Talk, Talk; Human Rights, Mixed Genre

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Thoren, University Club
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Fiction, Novels, Science Fiction, Short Stories, Social Justice

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tooker, Old Main
Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Autobiography, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry

So, You Wrote Your First Book. Now What?
Ivelisse Rodriguez, Vanessa Hua, Andrea Avery, Cathy Linh Che, Justin Petropoulos
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Panel; Business of Writing, Publishing

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Heritage, University Club
Craft Talk, Presentation, Workshop; Fiction, Mixed Genre, Novels, Publishing, Short Stories

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thoren, University Club
Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Criticism, Gender, LGBTQIA, Race, Sexuality, Short Stories, Social Justice

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Basha, Old Main
Craft Talk, Presentation; Experimental, Hybrid, Mixed Genre, Poetry

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Traditions, University Club
Craft Talk, Presentation, Workshop; Mixed Genre

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Carson Ballroom, Old Main
Panel; Criticism, Mixed Genre, Revision

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Heritage, University Club
Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Poetry, Social Justice

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Thoren, University Club
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Fantasy, Fiction, Genre Fiction, Historical Fiction, History, Mixed Genre, Novels, Short Stories, Speculative Fiction

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Basha, Old Main
Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Climate Fiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Nature Writing

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Tooker, Old Main
Presentation; Book Arts, Book Design, Business of Writing, Publishing