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Local author to mentor aspiring writers at library workshops

Post Date:02/07/2019 10:03 AM

It’s the spring of the aspiring writer as the Tempe Public Library kicks off its Writer in Residence program. Local author Sharon Skinner, known for her books Rocket Shoes, Collars & Curses and The Healer’s Legacy Series, will host several workshops to give writers first-hand tips to improve their skills. The workshops will cover a variety of writing topics, from settings to plots to character-building to writing emotion and sensory detail. Skinner will also be available in for 30-minute one-on-one consultations by appointment.

The purpose of the Writer in Residence program is to encourage writers to continue their craft by providing valuable insight and hands-on training from successful authors. The 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.

Workshop schedule

  • Saturday, Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m. - Setting: Where in the World...?
  • Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to Noon - Point of View (POV): Who...are...You?
  • Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to Noon - Character: The Arc and the Covenant
  • Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. to Noon - Plot: More than Just a Walk in the Park
  • Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m. - Tick, Tick, Tick: Conflict and Tension
  • Saturday, April 20,10 a.m. to Noon - Inside/Out: Emotion and Sensory Detail

All workshops will take place at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, in Meeting Room A on the lower level. For workshop details and to view schedules and register for a one-on-one consultation, visit

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