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Writer in Residence
Writing Groups
Your Librarian

Jill Brenner
Jill Brenner
Programming Librarian, Adult Services







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NaNoWriMo Write-Ins
Sundays & Mondays in November
Meeting Room B

Starting on the Publishing Trail
Saturday, December 2 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

The World of the Paranormal: A Look at the History of Magical Books and Demons
Wednesday, December 13 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Backstory and Seamless Weaving - Author T.M. Williams Writing Series
Saturday, December 16 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

Melody and Malady: Finding Art in Arthritis
Wednesday, January 17 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Creating Three Dimensional Characters - Author T.M. Williams Writing Series
Saturday, January 20| 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

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 one of a writing workshops to learn new skills in the craft of writing and publishing. All experience levels are welcome.


2017 Writer in Residence:

Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr served as Tempe Public Library's Writer in Residence from June - October 2017.
Marr is an award-winning author best known for her internationally bestselling Wicked Lovely series (HarperCollins) and her children's Norse mythology series, The Blackwell Pages (Hachette). Additionally, she is the author several adult novels (HarperCollins), a manga series, a picture book (BUNNY ROO; Penguin Books), several romances, and a thriller, as well as co-editor of several fantasy anthologies. Her first board book released in January 2017, and her upcoming releases include two more picture books (2018 and 2019) and two essays in charity anthologies for mental health issues. Unlike many authors, Melissa straddles multiple genres.
Her books have been published in 28 languages and have been bestsellers in numerous countries. Prior to being a writer, Melissa taught university literature and gender studies. She moved to Arizona in late 2016.
Learn more: http://www.melissamarrbooks.com/


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.


Special Events

Tempe Book Festival
November 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.



Local Organizations
Writing Contests