Local author to mentor aspiring writers at library workshops

Local author to mentor aspiring writers at library workshops

It’s the spring of the aspiring writer as the Tempe Public Library kicks off its Writer in Residence program. Local author Sharon Skinner, known for her books Rocket Shoes, Collars & Curses and The Healer’s Legacy Series, will host several workshops to give writers first-hand tips to improve their skills. The workshops will cover a variety of writing topics, from settings to plots to character-building to writing emotion and sensory detail. Skinner 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

·         Saturday, Feb. 9, 1-3 p.m. – Setting: Where in the World…?

·         Saturday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to Noon – Point of View (POV): Who…are…You?

·         Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. to Noon – Character: The Arc and the Covenant

·         Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m. to Noon – Plot: More than Just a Walk in the Park

·         Saturday, April 6, 1-3 p.m. – Tick, Tick, Tick: Conflict and Tension

·         Saturday, April 20,10 a.m. to Noon – Inside/Out: Emotion and Sensory Detail

All workshops will take place at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road, in Meeting Room A on the lower level. For workshop details and to view schedules and register for a one-on-one consultation, visit tempepubliclibrary.org/TempeWrites.

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