Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference Takes the Stage at Arizona State University

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Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau Announces Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference at Arizona State University this February

Arizona State University (ASU) is hosting the 7th Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference February 18-21, 2009. The conference will be held on the Arizona State University campus.

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is sponsoring this annual writers conference, which includes classes, readings, book signings and workshops in fiction, nonfiction, poetry and playwriting. ASU faculty members will be available throughout the conference to hone attendees' skills during the small group instruction workshops. In addition, attendees will be able to participate in "agent pitch meetings," where they can meet individually with literary agents Michael Bourett or Richard Abate for 30 minutes to discuss one of their projects.

Nightly readings, which are open to the public, feature award-winning authors and poets. This year's lineup includes novelists Nancy Mairs, Meredith Hall, Percival Everett and poet Mary Ruefle. International bestselling author Alice Sebold and 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner Natasha Trethewey will also be in attendance.

The general writers conference registration is $400 and nightly reading tickets are $10. For more information about the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference, call (480) 965-6018, email pipercenter dot info at asu dot edu or visit

Tempe's Arizona State University is located adjacent to the Mill Avenue District, a gathering place for students and professionals alike. This vibrant community is also known for its love of the arts, with a full calendar of events, an emphasis on public art and performances at ASU Gammage and Tempe Center for the Arts.

For more information about Tempe, Arizona and other events near Arizona State University, visit

About Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau 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 480-894-8158 or 800-283-6734 or visit us at


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