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Writer in Residence
Writing Groups
Your Librarian

Jill Brenner
Jill Brenner
Programming Librarian, Adult Services







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Keep 'em Reading

Saturday, September 9 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

Twisted Fairy Tales Book Signing with Author T.M. Williams

Saturday, September 23 | 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Meeting Room B

Ready-Set-Write Mini Writing Conference
Saturday, October 14 | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A

One Author's Journey
Wednesday, October 18 | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A

An Editor's Secrets for Writing Fiction
Saturday, October 21 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Meeting Room A

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Library Writer in Residence

Melissa MarrThe library is hosting New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr as a Writer in Residence June - September 2017. Melissa will be onsite to write and provide instruction to aspiring authors. Get expert advice on your writing by registering for a one-on-one consultation, or attend one of her writing workshops to learn new skills in the craft of writing and publishing. All experience levels are welcome.

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Melissa 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/

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The Bones of Fiction: Novel Writing 101

Wednesday, June 7 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Point of View and Narrative Structure

Wednesday, June 28 | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A

How Publishing Works: From Agent through Publication Day
Wednesday, July 26 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Writing for Children: From Picturebooks to Teen Novels
Wednesday, August 16 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Building Believable Characters: Beyond Dithering Damsels and Monologuing Villians
Wednesday, August 30 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A

Action in Fiction
Sunday, October 1 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
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.


Writing Groups

Writers Connection

June 9 - August 18
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

June 2 - August 25
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.

Special Events

Ready-Set-Write Mini Writing Conference
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Writers can prepare for NaNoWriMo with this one day writing conference. Topics include brainstorming, characterization, plotting and more. Facilitated by the Typeractive Group, hosts of the Ready-Set-Write PodcastLearn more....

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Tempe Book Festival
Saturday, November 4, 2017
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...

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