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Writer in Residence
Writing Groups






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Creating an Effective Pageturner - Author T.M. Williams Writing Series
Saturday, February 10| 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

Story Monsters Among Us: Using storytelling to make nonfiction FUN!
Saturday, February 24 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Meeting Room B

Raising Your Book: From Concept to Published - Author T.M. Williams Writing Series
Saturday, March 10 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

Find writing programs related to family history and memoir here.

Library Writer in Residence

The Writers in Residence program promotes writing in communities by connecting local, professional authors to serve as Writers in Residence at local libraries. Writers in Residence spend time at the library during their residency composing new works and providing education for community members. 

Get expert advice on your writing by registering for a one-on-one consultation, or attend a writing workshop to learn new skills in the craft of writing and publishing. All experience levels are welcome.

2018 Writer in Residence:

Dusti Bowling Tempe Public Library Writer in Residence Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Dusti Bowling grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. She has worked as a lab assistant, project manager, and teacher. Her self-published YA novel, The Day We Met, has sold over 20,000 copies. Her debut middle grade novel, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, was published in September of 2017 by Sterling Children's Books. It has received multiple starred reviews and was an Indie Next Pick and Junior Library Guild Selection. Her second middle grade novel, 24 Hours in Nowhere (Sterling Children's Books) will be released in 2018. She currently lives in Carefree, Arizona with her husband and three daughters.
Learn more: https://www.dustibowling.com/

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Writing a Synopsis
Saturday, February 17| 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A

The First Ten Pages
Saturday, February 24 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

Pacing Your Novel
Saturday, March 17 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

Revising Your Novel
Saturday, March 31 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room B

Query Letters
Saturday, April 14 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

Self-Publishing and Promotion
Saturday, April 28 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Special Events

Tempe Book Festival
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Come out with the whole family to celebrate books and the joy of reading! The Tempe Public Library Book Festival features great books by bringing together local authors, booksellers and others for a day of panel discussions, book signings and fun activities for all ages. Learn more...

Writing Groups

Writers Connection

Meets every other Friday | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Room B

An informal writer's group open to all who are interested in writing critiques and sharing ideas and resources.

Writing Studio

Meets every other Friday | 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Room B

An informal writing workshop is free and open to anyone interested in writing. Writers come together to do writing exercises and have time to work on their own writing. This workshop is led by the group.

Check library calendar for specific dates.

Find Books

In addition to our free programs and events, the library is also a great place to do research about the writing process or the topic of your work. 

You can find a number of library resources under the following topics. Browse the shelf under call number: 808

Links We Love

There are some great resources online for perfecting your writing, learning about submitting your work for publication, and even finding more writer's groups. 

  • FirstWriter.com - Research the publication process. This site provides an agent & publisher search, lists of magazines that accept writing submissions, and links to writing contests.

  • 25 Helpful Websites for Creative Writers – Links to great resources about writing prompts, mechanics, forums, etc.



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