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

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., Heritage, University Club
Craft Talk, Presentation; Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Memoir, Poetry


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;


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


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


Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Front Lawn, Old Main, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Fair, Festival;


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

Beyond the Ripped Bodice: Romance Writing in the 21st Century
Romance Writers of America Phoenix, HelenKay Dimon, Cathy McDavid, Deloris Nash, Willow Sanders, Kris Tualla

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Panel, Reading, Talk; Romance


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

Children's Storytime
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Arizona, Michael Hale

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:05 p.m., Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Reading; Children's Books

Getting Published in Literary Journals
Superstition Review, Hayden's Ferry Review

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 2:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Panel; Business of Writing, Editing, Publishing, Submitting


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., Traditions, University Club
Craft Talk, Presentation, Workshop; Mixed Genre


Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:00 p.m. to 3:20 p.m., Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Performance, Reading, Talk; Book Arts, Community, Poetry, Translation, World Literature


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., Thoren, University Club
Conversation, Craft Talk, Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Criticism, Gender, LGBTQIA, Race, Sexuality, Short Stories, Social Justice

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., Tooker, Old Main
Discussion, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Autobiography, Creative Nonfiction, Memoir, Poetry

Pollentongue + Queer Poetry Salon
tanner menard, Jake Skeets, Elliot Winter

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Conversation, Panel, Reading, Talk; American Indian, Community, Creative Practice, Indigenous, LGBTQIA, Poetry, Social Justice, Social Practice

Listen Here, Jackalope: A Tolsun Books Reading
Sarah Abigail Adleman, Angela M. Brommel, Michael Buckius, Sarah Sala

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., Front Lawn, Old Main, Arizona State University Tempe, 400 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85281
Reading; Hybrid, Memoir, Mixed Genre, Poetry


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., Tooker, Old Main
Presentation; Book Arts, Book Design, Business of Writing, Publishing


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

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