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Check  the library calendar for more writing programming.

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.

2019 Writer-in-Residence: Sharon Skinner, Feb. - April 2019


Sharon Skinner mainly writes fantasy, science fiction and paranormal for audiences of all ages. Skinner is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ. Sharon holds a GPC, a BA in English, an MA in Creative Writing.

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




Make one-on-one consultations with Sharon and get feedback and advice on your writing.

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Workshop series: Six Steps to Crafting a Strong Story

All classes will take place in Meeting Room A, lower level of the library

Session 1: Setting: Where in the World...?

  • Saturday, Feb. 9
  • 1-3 p.m.

Session 2: Point of View (POV): Who...are...You?

  • Saturday, Feb. 23
  • 10 a.m. - Noon

Session 3: Character: The Arc and the Covenant

  • Saturday, March 9
  • 10 a.m. - Noon

Session 4: Plot: More than Just a Walk in the Park

  • Saturday, March 23
  • 10 a.m. - Noon

Session 5: Tick, Tick, Tick: Conflict and Tension

  • Saturday, April 6
  • 1-3 p.m.

Session 6: Inside/Out: Emotion and Sensory Detail

  • Saturday, April 20
  • 10 a.m. - Noon

2019 Writer-in-Residence: Betty Webb, May - July 2019BettyAuthorPhoto2

Betty Webb is the author of the nationally best-selling Lena Jones mystery series (Desert Vengeance, Desert Rage, Desert Wives, Desert Noir, Desert Wind, etc.) and the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries (The Otter of Death, The Llama of Death, The Puffin of Death, etc.). Before beginning to write full time, Betty worked as a journalist, interviewing everyone from U.S. presidents, astronauts who walked on the moon, Nobel Prize-winners, and polygamy runaways. She has taught creative writing classes and workshops at Arizona State University and Phoenix College, has been a nationally-syndicated literary critic for 30 years, and is currently reviewing for Mystery Scene Magazine. In addition to other organizations, Betty is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

One-on-One Consultation Sign Up

Workshop series:

Session 1: Five Story Ideas a Day, Every Day

  • Saturday, May 4, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC
  • Wednesday, May 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in BRiC

Session 2: How to Write a Book

  • Saturday, May 11, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC

Session 3: Character is Plot, Plot is Character

  • Saturday, May 18, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC

Session 4: Writing the Contemporary Novel

  • Saturday, June 1, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC

Session 5: The Deadly Writing Sins

  • Wednesday, June 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in BRiC

Session 6: Self-Editing

  • Saturday, June 8, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC

 Session 7: Scene-Setting

  • Saturday, June 15, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC

Session 8: Writing the Contemporary Mystery or Thriller

  • Saturday, June 29, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC

Session 9: Writing the Story Memoir

  • Saturday, July 20, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC

Session 10: Getting Published

  • Saturday, July 27, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in BRiC
  • Wednesday, July 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in BRiC

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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

Come out with the whole family to celebrate books and the joy of reading! The Tempe Public Library Book Festival is held every November and features great books by bringing together local authors, booksellers and others for a day of book signings and fun activities for all ages. Learn more...

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

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