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February 18 - 20, 2021 at Arizona State University
While the Piper Center regularly offers creative writing classes and workshops through the Piper Writers Studio throughout the year, the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Virtual Writers Conference brings together over 300 writers from all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience for three days of literary craft, culture, and community every late February at ASU Tempe.
With COVID cases in Arizona, restrictions surrounding travel around the nation, and ongoing orders against large public gatherings, we want to do what we can to provide a conference that feels safe and enjoyable for everyone during this stressful time. With that in mind, we have made the choice to move Desert Nights, Rising Stars 2021 to a completely virtual conference. In short, we are moving the conference from our house to yours.
This is a whole new world of programming for us, and we wanted to get a head start now instead of waiting and watching throughout the semester. We are so deeply appreciative of the time you spend with us each year at Desert Nights and hope that you will let us bring the desert to you this year, wherever that may be. We always want to do what is right for those who so generously gift us with their time, funding and passion for writing. We couldn’t do anything we do without all of you.
To learn more about the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Virtual Writers Conference, you can:
Beyond our regular conference programming, Desert Nights, Rising Stars features additional opportunities for deeper learning and personal connection, including three-hour advanced workshops with selected faculty before the conference begins.
If you're looking to get more involved in the conference beyond registering as an attendee, you can:
Beyond space, exhibitors receive discounted and/or complimentary registrations and have the opportunity to present at the fair. Sponsors receive special registration rates, free advertising, exhibitor space, and more.
If you have any questions, contact Coordinator Ashley Wilkins at 480.965.7103 or Ashley.Wilkins@asu.edu.