The 2017 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference was held from February 16 to February 18 on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe. The conference featured lectures, panel discussions, readings, and craft classes in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and publishing. The faculty included poets Matthew Olzmann and Eric Wetheimer; fiction writers Paolo Bacigalupi, Dean Bakopoulos, Kate Bernheimer, Adrienne Celt, Elizabeth Evans, Sanderia Faye, Benjamin Percy, and Dominic Smith; and nonfiction writers Paul Morris and Virgil Renzulli. The cost of the conference was $350 until December 31 and $400 thereafter. Boxed lunches were available for an additional $14.99 per day. Registration was first come, first served; the deadline was February 9. Lodging was available at nearby hotels and inns. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, P.O. Box 875002, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287. (480) 965-6018.