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., Thoren, University Club
Generative Workshop, Workshop; Poetry


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., 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, 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, 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., 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., Thoren, University Club
Craft Talk, Generative Workshop, Presentation, Workshop; Mixed Genre


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

Where to Begin: The Art of Starting Your Story
Matt Bell, Peter Twal, Sarah Viren, Justin Noga

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, 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, 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, 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., 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., Heritage, University Club
Craft Talk, Discussion, Presentation; Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Romance

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, 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., Traditions, University Club
Workshop; Poetry


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


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., Heritage, University Club
Craft Talk, Talk; Human Rights, Mixed Genre

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