Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

Event description

  • Arts and entertainment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Open to the public
  • Professional and career development

Desert Nights, Rising Stars, DNRS, Writers Conference is a gathering of hearts and minds.

This three-day writing conference put on by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing focuses on the art and craft of writing and also offers practical advice for editing, getting published and navigating the literary marketplace. The conference offers over 60 presenters — all noted published writers and over 70 sessions, a mixture of workshops, panels and readings.

Conference early bird rate is $225. Deep discounts are offered for Arizona educators, seniors, military and people with disabilities. ASU students can attend for a discounted rate of only $35.00.  

Our 2023 keynote speaker is internationally renowned poet, Joy Harjo, who served three terms at the Twenty-third Poet Laureate of the United States.

Event contact

Sheila Black

Thursday, October 12, 2023

The conference goes from morning until evening from October 12-14, 2023, offering assorted events. You can view a full schedule at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing website under the conference tab at "View the Schedule."

8:00 am9:00 pm (MST)


Old Main at Arizona State University