The 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference was held from February 21 to February 22 on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and publishing, as well as craft classes, lectures, panel discussions, and readings. The faculty included poets Sherwin Bitsui, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, and Solmaz Sharif; fiction writers Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Cristina García, and Nafissa Thompson-Spires; and fiction and nonfiction writer Vanessa Hua. The cost of the conference was $300. Single-day passes were available for $150. Registration was first come, first served. Lodging was available at nearby hotels and inns. Visit the website for more information.
Accessibility accommodations included public transportation near the venue; elevators in all conference spaces; accessible sidewalks, pathways, and doorways; accessible bathrooms with handrails; reserved seats in event spaces for individuals with accessibility needs; accessible parking; ASL interpretation, assistive listening devices, and text copies of talks upon request; and closed captioning for media. Contact Ashley Wilkins, the Piper Center’s coordinator, at email@example.com and (480) 965-7103 for additional accessibility details.
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, Arizona State University, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, 450 East Tyler Mall, P.O. Box 875002, Tempe, AZ 85287.