The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference

Open Scholarships

Full conference registration for anyone over 18

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is thrilled to offer a number of scholarships to the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference for any individual over the age of 18. 

Scholarships provide full registration to the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference and recognition in the conference program.

Applications are due TBD

Open Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible for the Open Scholarship, individuals must be over 18. There are no other requirements for eligibility.

No additional support for travel, lodging, or other financial assistance is available at this time.

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Scholarship Application Process and Guidelines

Applications for the Open Scholarship are simple, and consist of answering a set of questions around your interest in the conference, your relationship to creative writing, and the conference's personal and professional impact (500 words or less each):

  • What is your relationship to creative writing
  • What interests you in attending the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference in 2021?
  • How will the conference benefit you as a writer, reader, or literary advocate? How will the conference help you to achieve your personal or professional goals?
  • Why did you apply for this scholarship? 

Important Dates

Open Scholarships for 2021 are now open! Applications will be open until Friday, November 13, 2020 at 11:59 PM Arizona Time. All applicants will be informed of selection no later than December 20. 

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More Information

For more information about the Open Scholarship, contact Assistant Director, Dana Tribke at