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Writer in Residence

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Mesa Public Library is excited to continue our Writer in Residence program in partnership with the Arizona State Library.

February through April, we will welcome Deena Remiel as our Writer in Residence. 

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Deena writes paranormal romance, fantasy, and suspense. She’s fascinated with the concept of immortality and all its implications. Gilbert, Arizona, near her beloved Superstition Mountains, is where she and her family call home. Deena has been an educator for more than 27 years and currently teaches 7th and 8th grade English and Language Arts. She founded the school’s first literary anthology, the Literal Scorpion. It is filled solely with stories, poems, and essays written by her students. She is also a member of The National Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Desert Rose Chapter of RWA. Deena has a passion for teaching – be it youths or adults – and considers herself a student for life. 

For more information about her work, visit her website or check out one of her books from our collection.

To schedule a one-on-one appointment, please visit the signup form

Writer in Residence Workshops:

Ready. Set. Write.
Sat | Feb 10 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | DR
This workshop is everything a writer needs to get their story off the ground. It is called PRE-WRITING, and plays a crucial role in the creation of any story. Writer in Residence Deena Remiel will teach you how to craft setting, character, and plot

February Write-in with Deena Remiel
Sat | Feb 17 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | DR
Attendees will use what they learned in Ready. Set. Write. and get down to the business of writing their stories. Sprinting will be showcased and taught as a management tool for writing. Come join our Writer in Residence to fine-tune your writing skills


This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.