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Conference FAQ

Registration, Payment, and Refunds

Attending the Conference

Working at the Conference

ASU & Tempe Information

Registration, Payment, and Refunds

When does registration open?

Registration for the 2013 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is currently open, click HERE to register. The conference will take place February 22-24, 2013 on the ASU Tempe campus.

What are the important deadlines?

All the important deadlines are listed on the Registration Page of the website.

I'm a teacher. Can I pay with a Purchase Order from my school or district office?

No. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept purchase orders as payment. We understand that this is largely the way school districts operate, and we are sorry for any inconvenience this policy causes. The conference is managed through an ASU Foundation account, and the Foundation does not accept purchase orders as a valid form of payment under any circumstances. We encourage you to talk to your school or district office about an alternative payment arrangement. Ask your school or district office if you can pay with a personal credit card and submit a request for reimbursement, or if they would prefer that the Piper Center for Creative Writing invoice the office for the tuition payment.

I'm a teacher. My school or district office wants to be invoiced for the tuition payment. What do I do?

Please e-mail us at and request that we fax an invoice to your school or district office. You must provide your name, the name and address of your school, the name of the person who will receive the faxed invoice, as well as the fax number. We will fax an invoice within two business days.

Are discounts available for conference tuition?

Yes, discounts are available for Piper Friends, current ASU faculty, staff and students, ASU MFA alumni, and Arizona teachers. An early registration discount is also available if you register by December 14, 2013. Click HERE to register.

I registered for the conference but am no longer able to attend. Can I get a refund?

Click HERE for the conference refund policy.

I can’t attend the conference for all three days, is there a day rate?

There is no one-day or partial registration option. Just before the conference, individual tickets will be made available for some of the faculty readings (as space allows). All readings are included in the conference registration.

Does my registration payment get me into all of the events?

Your general conference registration payment includes daily conference events and readings.

Do I need to sign up in advance for the daily sessions?

No, you're free to decide what you'd like to attend each day. We will do our best to ensure that there is room for everyone wants to attend each session.

Can I register for the conference online?

Yes. We are pleased to offer our participants the ability to register online through RegOnline. The links are located on the Registration Page.

How can I confirm my registration was received and processed?

You will receive a confirmation via email after you register.

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Attending the Conference

I'm from out of town and will attend the conference. Where should I stay?

Please see the lodging link on the conference website.

Where can I park during the conference?

ASU Fulton Center Parking Structure is the closest visitor parking for Piper Center for Creative Writing events. Click HERE for more on-campus parking options. If you are staying at nearby hotels, we strongly encourage walking (if possible), using the free hotel shuttles, or free public transit to the campus. If you intend to drive each day, there are several pay-parking options nearby that will enable you to park for the entire day for between $7-10.

*Do not take chances – The City of Tempe and ASU Police/Parking Administration will ticket or tow cars at expired meters as well as cars that have been illegally parked. The Piper Center cannot reimburse guests/participants for parking ticket expenses.

I have a handicapped parking permit/decal. Where can I park?

Public parking is always free for the handicapped at the meters and in the parking lots and garages operated by the City of Tempe. Simply park your car and make sure your handicap sign is clearly visible for parking enforcement. Click HERE for information about disabled parking on the ASU campus.

Will there be book signings?

Yes, book signings will take place after each of the evening readings.

Will I be able to buy books at the conference?

Yes. The ASU Bookstore will pre-order books by all of the authors participating in the conference as conference faculty. These books will be available for purchase on site, each day.

Is the conference appropriate for teens?

High school students register for the conference each year. We usually tell interested parents and teachers that the conference is appropriate for mature high school junior and seniors. Please keep in mind that the conference is being held on a large, active university campus, and that we do not ask any of our conference faculty to adjust their course content for young audiences. That said, we have had several high school students attend in the past, and they were fully engaged in the sessions and inspired to continue with their writing.

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Working at the Conference

Can I volunteer for the Writers Conference?

The Piper Center for Creative Writing employs a great number of volunteers throughout the year. There are only a handful of opportunities to volunteer at the conference, and the positions are competitive. We only wish to work with the most professional and courteous volunteers who will help make our conference a distinctive experience for paid participants and faculty.

If you are interested in volunteering, please submit a cover letter outlining your interest, a resume and three references with phone numbers to: Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Assistant Director & Conference Director, PO Box 875002, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-5002.

Can I teach for the Writers Conference?

Our Writers Conference is staffed by accomplished writers and teachers from across the country and beyond. If you would like to be considered for future conferences, please send your inquiry to:

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing 
Arizona State University - Main Campus
Post Office Box 875002
Tempe, AZ 85287-5002

Include: resume or CV; brief bio; and current contact information. Enclose a copy of one of your publications for our review.

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ASU Campus & Tempe Information

Will school be in session during the conference?

Yes. The campus will be very busy, please plan your travel and parking accordingly.

What will the weather be like?

Click HERE to view Tempe's weather forecast.

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