The 2019 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference was held from February 22 to February 23 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 Hanif Abdurraqib, Nicole Sealey, Carmen Giménez Smith, and TC Tolbert; fiction writers Ramona Ausubel, Natashia Deón, and Achy Obejas; and nonfiction writers Jennine Capó Crucet and Yvette Johnson. The cost of the conference was $300. Single-day passes were available for $200. Registration was first come, first served; the deadline was February 18. Lodging was available at nearby hotels and inns. Visit the website for more information.
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.