Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

Tempe, Arizona, United States

Year Round


TUITION / COST:$375 for three days. Reduced rates for Piper Friends, Arizona State University Affiliates and Arizona Teachers
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

PHONE: 480-965-6018

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is the proud of host of the annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, inviting writers of all levels and diverse interests to sunny Arizona for three days of writing, instruction, discussion, and inspiration.

From February 20-22, 2014, participants will come together at the heart of Arizona State University’s historic Tempe campus to hone their skills with distinguished writers, publishers, editors, and agents. Through craft classes, panels, Q&A sessions, readings, booksignings, catered receptions, and other opportunities for engagement and discussion, writers can choose to focus on one genre of writing or choose to dabble in many, with offerings available in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young adult, science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, screenwriting, and more.

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Featured Writers Include:

Lauren Abramo, Jay Boyer, Ron Carlson, Paul Cook, Alan Dean Foster, Beckian Goldberg, Tayari Jones, Bill Konigsberg, Tom Leveen, Kimberley Griffiths Little, D.T. Max, Jessica McCann,

Ander, Monson, Jim Natal, T. Jefferson Parker, Barbara Peters, Jem Poster, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Michael Schiffer, Aurelie Sheehan, Dana Stabenow, Michael Stackpole, Jessica Tribble, Xu XI, G. Pascal Zachary, Lisa Zeidner, Deborah J. Ledford


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature


Arizona State University
Arizona, United States

Arizona State University - The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is the artistic and intellectual heart of a vibrant, multinational and culturally diverse world of writers. The Center aspires to build connections among readers, writers, and others, across multiple disciplines and fields of interest, and to become the driving force for a dynamic and entrepreneurial creative environment that will enrich Arizona and the entire Southwest.

The Piper Center is dedicated to serving our writing communities, both local and global, by offering exceptional literary programs and resources, and a variety of educational opportunities to support writers in every stage of their development. These programs include:

•Your Novel Year – An accelerated online certificate in writing the novel, offering tracks in Young Adult or Science Fiction & Fantasy.

•The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference – During this annual conference, distinguished faculty and writers of all levels and diverse interests come together in sunny Arizona for three days of writing, instruction, discussion, and inspiration.

•Piper Writers Studio – Workshops and writing courses led by experienced writers and teachers. Courses are available in-person and online, as One-day workshops, 4-week workshops, or 6-week Master Classes.

•The Distinguished Visiting Writers Series – Bringing celebrated authors to ASU's campus and writing community for readings, workshops, lectures, Q&A sessions, booksignings, and other public events. Past visiting writers include Amy Tan, David Quammen, Michael Ondaatje, Aimee Bender, Jim Shepard, Stephen Dobyns, Tony Kushner, Michael Chabon, Zadie Smith, and many more.

•Piper Center Writer-in-Residence – As part of the generous endowment from the Piper Charitable Trust, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing welcomes Distinguished Writers in Residence into the ASU and Phoenix metro area communities for extended stays. Previous and upcoming Writers-in-Residence include Lee Gutkind, Kevin McIlvoy, Michael Stackpole, Jem Poster, and Michael Schiffer


•Global Teaching and Writing Fellowships –

Students in the MFA Creative Writing program at ASU have the opportunity to travel, teach, research, and write abroad through International teaching and writing fellowships. Current and past programs have included fellowship opportunities in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece, Prague, Montreal, China, Oxford, Wales, and Argentina.

•The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival – The festival welcomes thinkers and writers from across the globe to the city of Oxford for a week of creative and literary engagement. Arizona State University is the first American University to partner with the Festival, and due in part to this relationship, the Festival developed a new program on American literature and culture, which last year featured some two dozen American speakers among writers and panelists from over 20 countries. The Piper Center is a sponsor of the festival and selects notable American authors to represent the Center at the festival each year.

To learn more about the Virginia G. Piper Center’s mission and programs, please visit