The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Arizona Educator Scholarships

Each year, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing offers a number of scholarships to the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference for Arizona teachers working in primary, secondary, or higher education. Scholarships to cover the full cost of conference tuition (including lunch).

To be eligible, individuals must be currently employed by an institution of primary, secondary, or higher education in the State of Arizona. Educators of all subject matter and grade levels are encouraged to apply. Individuals who have received an Arizona Educator Scholarship for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference within the previous year are ineligible to apply.

Arizona Educator scholarships for 2018 are currently closed. Arizona Educator scholarships for 2019 will open soon.

Individuals who are selected to receive a scholarship will be asked to write a short reflection upon completion of their conference experience. 

For more information, contact Education Programs Coordinator Felicia Zamora at 480.727.1787 or

Other Scholarship Opportunities

The Piper Center also partners with other departments, schools, and organizations to offer Sponsored Scholarships from various institutions. Partners for these Sponsored Scholarship include: Barrett Honors College, the Office of Veterans and Military Affairs, the creative writing program at Arizona State University, and the Maricopa Community College System.

To learn more about these scholarship opportunities, please contact the creative writing coordinator or administrator at your respective institution.