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Attending our writing programs this summer can earn you Summer Reading points. Learn more.

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.

Summer 2018 Writer in Residence:

Donis Casey Tempe Public Library Writer in Residence

Donis Casey is the author of the Alafair Tucker Mystery series (Poisoned Pen Press) which includes ten historical fiction novels set in Oklahoma.

A third generation Oklahoman, she and her siblings grew up among their aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents and great-grandparents on farms and in small towns, where they learned the love of family and independent spirit that characterizes the population of that pioneering state. Donis graduated from the University of Tulsa with a degree in English, and earned a Master’s degree in Library Science from Oklahoma University. After teaching school for a short time, she enjoyed a career as an academic librarian, working for many years at the University of Oklahoma and at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Casey is a regular contributor to the Type M 4 Murder and Poisoned Pen Press blogs. She has twelve years experience teaching seminars on character development, creating dialog, choosing point of view, plot development, and research techniques for novelists.

Learn more: http://www.doniscasey.com/


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Memoir and Autobiography
Saturday, July 14 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A

Getting Published
Saturday, July 28 | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Meeting Room A


Learn more & view previous library Writers-in-Residence

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
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.

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Find Books
Open book

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

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Local Organizations

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Writing Contests

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