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Writers in Residence Program

Post Date:07/08/2016 10:20 AM

Mesa Public Library is excited for the next phase of our Writer in Residence pilot program in partnership with the Arizona State Library. Starting July 15, we will welcome Shonna Slayton as our next Writer in Residence.

Shonna-Slayton-headshot-website-thumbnailShonna Slayton has published four Young Adult books, including Cinderella's Dress and Cinderella's Shoes. Spindle, a Sleeping Beauty inspired tale set in the late 1800s, will be out October 2016. Shonna finds inspiration in reading vintage diaries written by teens, who despite using different slang, sound a lot like teenagers today. When not writing, she enjoys amaretto lattes and spending time with her husband and children.

Shonna 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.

Tues | July 19 | 6-7:30pm | MEL
Retellings are hot right now. Learn tips and tricks to put a new spin on a classic story. Perfect for writers who love retellings, and also those who need help coming up with plots. Leave class with a fresh start on a new tale. Skills addressed: developing ideas, brainstorming, help with plotting. Open to all skill levels. 

I’ve written a first draft—now what?
July 20 | 6-7:30pm | DR
Children’s author Shannon Hale once said she was “writing a first draft and reminding myself that I'm simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.” Learn editing techniques to help you shape your castle—er—manuscript. Skills addressed: three-pass edit system; overview of macro and micro editing. Bring sample chapters and a pack of colored highlighters to fully experience the class. Open to all skill levels.

Level Up!
Sat | Aug 13 | 1-2:30pm | RM
Interested in taking a step up the publishing ladder? Learn some basic routines of published authors to see what you can do to improve your speed and your writing skills. Skills addressed: creating writing routines, finding information about the industry, and more. Open to all skill levels, but beginners, hold onto your hats! 

Tools of the Modern Writer
Wed | Aug 24 | 6-7:30pm | MN
Curious about the day in the life of a writer? Learn about writing software, author communities, social media, and more. Skills addressed: networking, self-help, websites.

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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