ASU/Virginia G. Piper Desert Nights/Rising Stars Writers Conference

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Meet the New Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

Over the last 15 years, we’ve prided ourselves on creating an intimate space where writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience can come together through the celebration and study of literary craft, culture, and community. This year, we’re making that experience even better.

More Affordable
Conferences are investments. Lowering the registration costs to $250 (down from $350 last year) makes the conference more affordable. Single day passes are available, too.

Easier to Attend
You’re busy. Condensing the schedule from three days down to two without losing any sessions makes attending easier to fit in.

More Community Programs
We’re all here. New fellowship programspre-conference workshops, and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars literary fair create more opportunities for writers to make real connections with each other outside of sessions, bringing the community in closer to what we do.

Strengthened Values
What we’re doing is important. Diverse, comprehensive sessions take deep dives into literary craft and engage with critical issues in society and literature.

Come see what we’ve been up to. Meet our facultyview the schedule, and learn more about this year’s Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference at

Don’t forget!
Early registration ends December 31
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