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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.

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Betty Webb Tempe Public Library Writer in Residence

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.

Learn more: http://www.bettywebb-mystery.com/


Sharon Skinner Tempe Public Library Writer in Residence

Sharon Skinner holds a GPC, a BA in English, an MA in Creative Writing, and a poetic license. Her work has been published in a number of local, national and international publications. She previously served for eight years as the Executive Editor of Anthology magazine, a small press literary magazine published in Mesa, Arizona. Sharon is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ. She also co-writes an online steampunk serial with Bob Nelson called The Chronicles of Tavara Tinker.

Sharon is an experienced presenter with over 17 years of experience in workshop facilitation. She has presented on a variety of writing topics, from grant proposal development to fiction writing. Her personable style, positive attitude and high energy keep participants engaged from start to finish. Sharon’s regular appearances as a speaker at events such as Phoenix Comicon, Tucson Festival of Books, and Tuscon Comic-Con, as well as conventions such as Leprecon, Coppercon and TusCon, have provided her invaluable insight into how to effectively present and discuss her books with the public and engage potential readers.

Learn more: https://sharonskinner.com/


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.

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

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) released in 2018 to starred reviews. Her latest project, a sequel to Cactus, will be released in 2019. 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 of 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 she released essays in three charity anthologies in 2018. Her latest project, a picture book, is due out in early 2019. 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/