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february, 2021

18feb10:00 am6:30 pmThe Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Virtual Conference at ASU10:00 am - 6:30 pm Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, 450 E Tyler Mall


Event Details

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.

About the (Virtual) Conference

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:

  • Meet our faculty of nationally-recognized and award-winning authors, agents, and other literary professionals here to share their knowledge and help you achieve your goals
  • View the schedule of more than 50 craft talks, panels, workshops, and other sessions covering a wide variety of genres and forms
  • Register for the conference before December 31 and take $50 off. Single-day passes and discounts are available, too.

Additional Programs

Beyond our regular conference programming, Desert Nights, Rising Stars features additional opportunities for deeper learning and personal connection, including advanced workshops with selected faculty before the conference begins.


(Thursday) 10:00 am - 6:30 pm


Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

450 E Tyler Mall

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