Writer in Residence

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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.

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.

View previous Writers in Residence. Expand each section for details.

Donis Casey Tempe Public Library Writer in Residence The Old Buzzard Had It Coming by Donis Casey

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.

Dusti Bowling Tempe Public Library Writer in Residence Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling

Dusti Bowling grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona, where, as her family will tell you, she always had her nose in a book. She has worked as a lab assistant, project manager, and teacher. Her self-published YA novel, The Day We Met, has sold over 20,000 copies. Her debut middle grade novel, Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, was published in September of 2017 by Sterling Children's Books. It has received multiple starred reviews and was an Indie Next Pick and Junior Library Guild Selection. Her second middle grade novel, 24 Hours in Nowhere (Sterling Children's Books) will be released in 2018. She currently lives in Carefree, Arizona with her husband and three daughters.

Learn more: https://www.dustibowling.com/


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/