Best-selling author to offer free workshops at Tempe Public Library

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Tempe Public Library’s Writer in Residence program continues this summer with a series of workshops and consultation from best-selling author, Betty Webb.

Webb is the author of the nationally best-selling Lena Jones mystery series as well as the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries. Before writing full time, she worked as a journalist and has interviewed presidents, astronauts and Nobel Prize-winners. Webb will host several workshops to give writers first-hand tips to improve their skills. The workshops will cover a variety of writing topics, from story ideas, to character plots, to self-editing and getting published. Webb will also be available in for 30-minute one-on-one consultations by appointment.

The purpose of the Writer in Residence program is to encourage writers to continue their craft by providing valuable insight and hands-on training from successful authors. The 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.

Workshop schedule

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 

All workshops will take place at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. For workshop details and to view schedules and register for a one-on-one consultation, visit



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