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Paul Mosier

NaNoWriMo Kick-Off Party

Wednesday, November 1, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Room B

Get ready to write with author Paul Mosier (HarperCollins)! Mosier, author of middle-grade novel Train I Ride, will discuss how NaNoWriMo launched his novel writing career. Stick around for an author Q & A. Light refreshments will be served.


Paul Mosier

Paul Mosier began writing novels in 2011 when he participated in his first NaNoWriMo challenge. His debut novel, Train I Ride (January 2017), earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and Kirkus. His second middle grade novel from HarperCollins, Echo's Sister, will be released May 1, 2018.

Visit him online at:

Learn more:

Novelist Paul Mosier: Dancing with the Muse
Java Magazine, April 2016

Phoenix author Paul Mosier's debut youth novel, Train I Ride, is 'harrowing, moving, immersive'
AZ Central, January 2017



Come_Write_In_LogoTempe Public Library will host Write-Ins on Sunday afternoons & Monday evenings in November.

A NaNoWriMo "Write-In" is a place where participants can meet and work on their novels as a group. Writers will have access to the Friends of the Library Connections Café upstairs (food and drink are permitted), as well as lots of space with tables, chairs, and outlets to write.

RSVP! - East Valley NaNoWriMo Facebook Group - Click "Events"

1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Meeting Room B*

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Meeting Room B

  • Nov. 5
  • Nov.12
  • Nov.19
  • Nov. 26
  • Nov. 6
  • Nov. 13
  • Nov. 20
  • Nov. 27

Have questions about NaNoWriMo or have some great ideas for other writing opportunities at Tempe Public Library?

Contact our librarian and read more below.

Jill Brenner, Adult Programming Librarian:



NaNoWriMo Logo

November is National Novel Writing Month, otherwise known as NaNoWriMo. Librarians and libraries are great advocates and participants of this challenge because it supports our goals of literacy, a love of creative fiction & reading, and it’s just plain fun!

Below you’ll find a compilation of NaNoWriMo resources, as well as a number of other helpful links to get you started on the path toward writing your novel.

NaNoWriMo Resources


At the Library

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Want to continue writing past November?
Simply look to the library's Tempe Writes series for a number of great writing programs and workshops.

  • Writer's Connection: This informal writer's group is free and open to anyone interested in the writing process. The goal of the group is to share ideas and resources. 
    Meets every other Friday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

  • Writing Studio: This writing workshop series 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.
    Meets every other Friday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Alternating Fridays with the Writers Connection program)

  • Tempe Community Writing Contest: Open to all Tempe residents, Tempe library card holders, and ASU students. Accepting submissions January 2017.

  • Tempe Book Festival: In Fall 2017 Tempe Public Library will be hosting its 2nd Book Festival, featuring author panels, book sellers, and activities for all age groups!

  • Find more events at the library at our events calendar.

In addition to great programs, 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. 

Online Resources

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

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