Hosted by the Virginia G. Piper Centre for Creative Writing at Arizona State University (ASU), ‘Desert Nights, Rising Stars’ is a 3-day Writers Conference involving workshops, panels, readings, and Q&A sessions.

The conference provides an opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and share an appreciation for literature and writing. USP students have been participating in the conference since 2013.


  • While most of the participants identified themselves as writers or poets – unpublished or otherwise – there were some who simply loved writing and the creative power of words. Both groups could find their place in the conference. I certainly did.

    SALOME CHOA (English Literature + USP)