Event description: While we would usually start things off with the beautiful desert weather and the southwestern landscape, things are a little different this year. With rising COVID cases in Arizona, restrictions surrounding travel around the nation, and ongoing orders against large public gatherings, we've made the choice to move Desert Nights, Rising Stars 2021 to a completely virtual experience.
Our mission is to support writers at every stage of their development by providing challenging, diverse, and accessible educational opportunities. When you attend Desert Nights, you’ll be participating in lively discussions, sharing thoughtful feedback, and creating new work in a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment of peers. Wherever you are in your journey as a writer, we’re here to meet you.
While our primary focus is craft, mechanics, and the various other nuts-and-bolts of narrative and poetic work, our conference provides comprehensive coverage of the creative writing field. And as if there weren’t enough to do within the sessions themselves, our conference is filled with opportunities for deeper learning and closer connections with faculty and fellow attendees, including advanced workshops, keynote addresses, and pitch sessions with agents and editors.
Early registration is only $225 before December 31. Single day passes and scholarships are available, too. Meet our faculty, view the schedule, and register today at piper.asu.edu/conference.