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Tempe Writes

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Check  the library calendar for more writing programming.


Writing Workshops with Duane Roen

  • Writing About Family Traditions - Zoom Meeting

Families have traditions. Some of them are centuries old and some are relatively recent. Sometimes we know the origins of our traditions; sometimes we may not ever realize that something is a tradition. In this workshop, we will write about family traditions that are important to us or ones that we no longer observe.


Sat. 5/2/2020 10:30 a.m. -noon- Zoom Meeting - register here.

Wed. 5/6/2020 6:30-8 p.m. - Zoom Meeting - register here.

  • Your Family in the Americas - Zoom Meeting (rescheduled from April)

Whether your ancestors are indigenous to the Americas, came via migration, bondage, or immigration, you will have an opportunity to explore writing about that experience in this session. If you don't know much about your family's story, we will discuss strategies for learning more.


Wed. 5/20/2020 6:30-8 p.m. - Zoom Meeting - register here.

Sat. 5/23/2020 10:30 a.m.-noon - Zoom Meeting - register here.


Writing Groups

Writers Connection

  • Meets every other Friday
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • Meeting Room B

An informal writer's group open to all who are interested in sharing their work in a non-threatening environment.

Writing Studio

  • Meets every other Friday
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • Meeting Room B

A free writing workshop 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 the library calendar for specific dates.

Writing Contests

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. 

Browse the shelf under call number: 808

Try some of these keywords in our library catalog to get you started:

  • Author - Books & Reading; Authorship; Creative Writing; English Language - Style; Writing

Local Organizations