Symposium Site

The 2014 Symposium will be held at Arizona State University (ASU), Tempe, Arizona, USA. All the sessions will take place on the second floor of the Memorial Union (MU), located at the heart of the Tempe Campus (see Campus Map and MU Floor Plan).

ASU is situated in the Phoenix metropolitan area, also known as the Valley of the Sun. The largest research university in the 12th largest metropolis in the United States, ASU and its surrounding community offer a wide variety of amenities within walking distance, including hotels, restaurants, bars and shops.


A block of discounted rooms are being held until September 30 at several hotels near ASU campus.

Four Points by Sheraton Tempe
1333 S. Rural Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 [Map]
+1 (866) 716-8133 (US or Canada); +1 (480) 968-3451 (international)
Online Reservation Form

  • US$100 per night (single or double occupancy; King or Double Queen) plus tax (15.27%).
  • Within walking distance from MU
  • Complimentary transportation up to a 5 mile radius of the hotel (based on availability)
  • Complimentary WiFi in guest rooms and public areas
  • Complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary airport shuttle
  • Complimentary Parking
  • To receive a discount, please use the online reservation form or call +1 (866) 716-8133 (US or Canada) or +1 (480) 968-3451 (international) and mention the Symposium on Second Language Writing (Grop Code: SSK12A).
  • SSLW discount available until 5 p.m. Arizona Time on October 24, 2014.

Residence Inn Tempe Downtown/University
510 South Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ  85281
+1 (800) 331-3131 (US or Canada); +1 (480) 967-2300 (international)
Online Researvation Form

  • US$139 per night (Studio King or Studio Queen-Queen) plus tax (15.27%).
  • Within walking distance from MU and the Mill Avenue District
  • Complimentary WiFi in guest rooms and public areas
  • Complementary breakfast and evening reception
  • Parking US$10 per day
  • To receive a discount, please use the online reservation form or call Marriott Reservations at +1 (800) 331-3131 (from US or Canada) or +1 (480) 967-2300 (international) and mention the Symposium on Second Language Writing.
  • SSLW discount available until October 13, 2014 (Arizona Time).

Courtyard Inn by Marriott
601 South Ash Avenue, Tempe, AZ  85281
+1 (800) 321-2211 (US or Canada); +1 (480) 966-2800 (international)
Online Reservation Form

  • US$129-309 per night (King or Queen-Queen) plus tax (15.27%).
  • Close to the Mill Avenue District
  • Complimentary WiFi in guest rooms and public areas
  • Complimentary airport shuttle
  • Parking US$8 per day
  • To receive a discount, please call Marriott Reservations at +1 (800) 321-2211 (from US or Canada) or +1 (480) 966-2800 (international) and mention the Symposium on Second Language Writing.
  • SSLW discount available until October 13, 2014 (Arizona Time).

Best Western Inn of Tempe
670 N. Scottsdale Road, Tempe, AZ 85281
+1 (480) 784-2233

  • US$79.99 per night (Single King or 2 Double Queen) plus tax (15.27%)
  • Complimentary hot brakfast
  • Complimentary WiFi in guest rooms and public areas
  • Complimentary airport shuttle
  • Shuttle service to and from ASU campus ($2.50 per room each way)
  • To receive a discount, please contact the Sales Manager at and mention the Symposium.

Local Information

Airport. ASU Tempe Campus is within 4 miles of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) with direct flights to over 100 U.S. destinations. From the airport, you can use the bus or light rail service to get to campus, or use the shuttle service provided by your hotel.

Local Transportation. ASU and the City of Tempe offer various transportation options. You can walk to many hotels, restaurants and shops or use various forms of public transportation. Orbit provide free bus services around Tempe, and on weekdays, FLASH (Free Local Area Shuttle) is available around ASU Tempe Campus and the Mill Avenue District. In addition, Valley Metro provides bus and light rail services throughout the week.

Parking. Convenient parking options for visitors are avaialble at Apache Boulevard Parking Structure (right behind MU), Rural Road Parking Structure, and ASU Fulton Center Garage. Parking is free on weekends.

Dining Options. Refreshments will be available in the exhibit area on all three days. During lunch time, the Memorial Union offers various lunch and dinner options including Engrained Cafe, a cafeteria, coffee shops, and fast food restaurants, and ice cream and frozen yogurt shops as well as a convenient store. The College Avenue Marketplace, located just a few minutes North of the Memorial Union (next to the ASU Foundation Building), also features a number of casual restaurants. Halal food is available at Phoenicia Cafe.

On Saturday, few lunch options will be available in the MU. Buffet lunch will be available to participants in Saturday Lunch Seminar (ticketed event).

For dinner, the Mill Avenue District, a vibrant dining and shopping area within a few minutes from ASU Tempe Campus, provides a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, and shops. In addition, there are many great restaurants throughout the valley. Feel free to ask SSLW Assistants for recommendations. Tempe Marketplace, located about two miles from ASU Tempe Campus, also offers additional dining and shopping options.

Internet Access. ASU provides free WiFi access to visitors throughout the campus (SSID: asu guest). All four conference hotels provide free WiFi access, as do some restaurants and coffee shops.

Smoking. ASU is a tobacco-free university (see the map of tobacco-free zone).

Copying Facility. Photo-copy machines are located at PrintU (phone: 480-965-2679, option 3) in the lower level of the Memorial Union (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and in the Hayden Library, across from the Memorial Union.

Convenience Stores and Pharmacies. A convenience store is located on the first floor of the Memorial Union. The ASU bookstore also offers some products for daily use. The closest pharmacy from the Memorial Union is Walmart Pharmacy, located just across the street from campus on Apache Boulevard, and CVS Pharmacy on the corner of Mill Avenue and University Drive.

ATMs. Several ATMs are available in the Memorial Union.

Questions. If you have any questions or need help with local information, you can ask SSLW Assistants wearing a Symposium button.

Area Information

The largest U.S. university in the 5th largest metropolis in the United States, ASU and the surrounding communities offer numerous amenities and tourist attractions.

You will find various exhibits around ASU campus. Take a break from intense intellectual conversations and enjoy a walking tour of public art and many fine art collections located throughout the campus.

Gammage. Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is one of the most well-known landmarks on campus. ASU is also known for its public arboretum spread through the entire Tempe Campus, featuring many species of local plants. Among the many noteworthy spots is Palm Walk, a walkway outlined by 90-foot palm trees.

Hiking. For hiking enthusiasts, "A" Mountain, just North of campus provides a trail for a nice short hike before hitting the night scene in the Mill Avenue District. More serious hikers might enjoy visiting Papago Park and South Mountain Park, among other popular hiking trails.

Gyms. As a special offer for SSLW 2014 participants, ASU Sun Devil Fitness Complex (SDFC) on Tempe Campus provides a $20 pass to use their facilities for the entire duration of the conference. This pass would be available from Wednesday, November 12 through Saturday, November 15. To sign up for this pass, stop by the SDFC Tempe Campus between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Bring your conference ID badge and a photo ID each time you visit the fitness center. (Many thanks to Sonia Hovet at the SDFC for this generous offer.) Some of the conference hotels also provide fitness facility.

Museums. The Valley also boasts many museums, including the Heard Museum of Native American Culture and Art, Phoenix Art Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History. The Phoenix Symphony also offers a variety of programs. Architechture buffs might enjoy visiting Taliesin West developed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Shopping. If you love shopping, this is just the place for you! Valley Metro Bus Route 27 will take you directly from the College Avenue Market Place to Scottsdale Fashion Square (North Bound) or Chandler Fashion Center (South Bound). Tempe Marketplace is also a few miles away. There are several large outlet malls in the area, including Phoenix Premium Outlets and Arizona Mills.

For Kids. For those with children, Tempe Town Lake is just a few blocks away, and Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Garden are just across Rio Salado (Salt River). Small children might also enjoy Phoenix Children's Museum, or train rides at Desert Breeze Park in Chandler and McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.

Wild West. To enjoy the flavor of the Wild West, you can visit Rawhide at Wild Horse Pass. If you wish to try hourseback riding, there are many riding stables in the vicinity, including Papago Riding Stables.

National Parks. A major vacation destination, Arizona offers a wide variety of natural and historic attractions, including Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona, the Petrified Forest, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Navaho National Monuments, and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument--all within a few hours from ASU.