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Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

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Friday, February 22, 2019 - Saturday, February 23, 2019


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Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85281

Admission Fees

$250 early registration; $300 standard; $200 single-day pass; other discounts and options may be available, please visit our website at for more details.


The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference creates a unique and intimate creative writing experience where writers of all backgrounds, genres, and skill levels gather together and connect through the celebration and study of literary craft, culture, and community.

Featuring over 25 faculty members teaching more than 50 sessions, we seek to create a warm and welcoming environment that meets people wherever they are, where writers can learn from and support each other as they work toward their goals.

This year’s keynote speaker is Carmen Giménez Smith. Other faculty include Hanif Abdurraqib, Ramona Ausubel, Sally Ball, Matt Bell, Jennine Capó Crucet, Kirsten Chen, Natashia Deón, Terry Galloway, Tara Ison, Yvette Johnson, Kirby Kim, Erin Jade Lange, Bojan Louis, Terese Mailhot, Douglas Manuel, Deborah Miranda, Patricia Colleen Murphy, Achy Obejas, Alberto Álvaro Ríos, James Sallis, Fernanda Santos, Nicole Sealey, and TC Tolbert.

Beyond regular programming, we also feature advanced pre-conference workshops, an exhibitor fair, scholarships, and fellowships. We also offer opportunities to advertise with or sponsor the conference as well. For more information, visit our website at

Contact Information

Felicia Zamora
Education Programs Coordinator
[email protected]


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