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Writer in Residence

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Mesa Public Library is excited for the next phase of our Writer in Residence pilot program in partnership with the Arizona State Library. Starting March 1, we will welcome Melissa Marr as our next Writer in Residence. 

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Melissa 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 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 her upcoming releases include a YA fantasy novel, another picture book (2018), and two essays in charity anthologies for mental health issues. 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 is the mother to three children: an adult daughter (for whom Wicked Lovely was written), a teenager (for whom the Norse books were written), and a toddler (for whom BUNNY ROO was written). In her free time, she offers freelance editing services, writes curriculum guides, and co-hosts a literary conference.

Marr will be using the Main Library’s board room as her public work space, where she’ll develop fascinating plotlines, create memorable characters, write sparkling prose, and wrestle with writer’s block. She’ll also be available to give guidance to other aspiring writers via one-on-one appointments, and will present two programs a month.

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 fill the form below.

The Bones of Fiction
Thurs | Mar 2 | 6-7pm | MN
Curious about what it would be like to write a novel? Daunted by the idea of doing so? Writer in Residence Melissa Marr breaks it down - world building, character, and avoiding writer's block. In this fun and practical session, New York Times bestselling author Marr (Wicked Lovely, Graveminder, The Blackwell Pages) will share the tricks and secrets of getting the story on the page, from creating a realistic - yet imaginative - sense of space to building your world’s entire infrastructure. Come ready to ask questions and participate!

Action in Fiction
Thurs | Mar 30 | 6-7pm | RM
Novels need action, but that action should be a logical part of the story. Join Writer in Residence Melissa Marr as she covers some basic weapons (synthetic longsword, steel longsword, synthetic German messer, and staff) and how to incorporate them into your fiction. Please note that weapons will be present and attendees are welcome to take a swing (under supervision). 

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.

 

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