Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Returns to Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz.

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Register Now for this Annual Spring Writers Conference – Early Registration Ends October 31

Alice Sebold reads from her memoir, Lucky, during the 2009 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference

Writers of all levels will have an opportunity to learn from some of the best in their field at the annual Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, held at the Tempe campus of Arizona State University (ASU), March 3-6, 2011.

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU is sponsoring this annual writer's conference which includes classes, panels and discussions in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Attendees will also have the option to enroll in a Master Class with one of the distinguished visiting faculty members, including Andrea Barrett, Robert Boswell, Tony Hoagland, Naeem Murr, Antonya Nelson, Jem Poster, David Shields, Connie Voisine, Gretel Ehrlich and C. Dale Young.

In addition to the classroom instruction, participants can also attend readings and book signings by the visiting faculty.

General conference registration is $350 and Master Class enrollment is $125. Early registration continues through October 31; other discounts are also available. For more information about the conference, call (480) 965-6018, or visit

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference registration includes a welcoming banquet and a closing brunch. Master classes add five hours of intimate instruction in a group of no more that 10.

Arizona State University in Tempe is located adjacent to the Mill Avenue District, an entertainment destination that is a popular gathering place for students and professionals alike. This vibrant community is known for its love of the arts, with a full calendar of performances on and near campus, public art, and exhibitions and performances at the Tempe Center for the Arts. For more information about Tempe, Arizona and other events near Arizona State University, visit the Tempe Tourism Office at

About Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau: The Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau, DBA Tempe Tourism Office, is a non-profit organization devoted to marketing Tempe, Arizona as a desirable visitor and group destination site. The Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau's mission is to also provide visitors, media professionals and meeting planners with information on Tempe hotels, Tempe restaurants, Tempe entertainment, and local points of interest. To learn more about Tempe, Arizona please call 800-283-6734 or visit

About the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing: Established in 2003, The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is a non-academic unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University. The Center brings the nation’s best writers to the Phoenix area throughout the year for numerous workshops and readings, fostering a thriving creative and literary community to enhance the region’s cultural environment. The Center is also committed to elevating ASU’s MFA Program in Creative Writing to national and international prominence by providing resources and support to its students and faculty. The Center is also home to Hayden’s Ferry Review, ASU’s acclaimed literary journal, and the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference. The Center also co-sponsors outreach events with the Young Writers Program at ASU. For more information, visit

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