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Midnight Publishing is an Arizona-based editing, writing, and marketing company with a staff that prides itself on keeping up to date on all of our local reader and author events in Phoenix! Since the new year has just begun, we hope that all of the aspiring and published writers in our area will consider checking out the below events that we picked them specifically based on their ability to inspire authors. And remember, if you have a book idea, an in-progress manuscript, or a finished book that needs editing, don’t hesitate to contact Midnight Publishing for a free estimate! Our award-winning staff of editors and writers would be more than happy to help you polish your writing for the next step in your author career!

Pink Slip Open Mic

When: Every Monday night at 8 p.m. (Next one is Monday, January 23rd, 2017)

Where: Lawn Gnome Publishing, 905 N. 5th St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

What: This hilarious open mic is a favorite haunt of Midnight Publishing’s head editor, Ashley R. Carlson. With a $1 entrance fee, you can’t go wrong with the medley of performers who grace Lawn Gnome Publishing’s backyard stage every week. If you’re looking for something a little grimy, a little mysterious, and a little unpredictable, then check out the Pink Slip Open Mic and Lawn Gnome’s adjoining bookstore for a very interesting and possibly inspiring Monday night. Find more info here.

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When: Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 S McClintock Dr. Tempe, AZ 85283

What: This annual extravaganza celebrating Young Adult literature will be bigger and better than ever this year. Attending authors include NYT bestsellers like Suzanne Young and Melissa Marr, as well as exciting new locally based authors like Ryan Dalton and Abigail Johnson. There’s no entrance fee, and all books will be available to be purchased and signed by the authors. Also be sure to peruse Changing Hands’ eclectic mix of trinkets, decorations, bookmarks, and local art. Find more info on the bookstore’s page here.

2017 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference

When: Thursday, February 16th to Saturday, February 18th

Where: Virginia G. Piper Writers House, 425 E University Dr. Tempe, AZ 85281

What: This is the 14th year for Arizona State University’s creative writing program to host their three-day-long conference on writing, publishing, and editing at ASU’s Tempe campus. Faculty who will be teaching include acclaimed writers Simon Ortiz, Paolo Bacigalupi, Adrienne Celt, Michael A. Stackpole, Amy K. Nichols, and Alissa Nutting. Attend classes on topics like diversity in writing, publishing your memoir, the relationship between author and agent, and much more! Must register a week before the conference, and the cost is $400 ($375 for ASU affiliates, military personnel, or teachers). See the 2017 conference schedule here, and find out more here.

Midnight Publishing is an award-winning editing and writing company in Phoenix, Arizona, and we love to work with local writers and aspiring authors to help organize, create, and edit your words to a publishable level! Contact us today to discuss getting started.