January Writing Workshops
Writer in Residence Dane McCaslin
From January through March, the Mesa Public Library is hosting bestselling author and writing coach Dane McCaslin as its very own Writer in Residence. Dane McCaslin is the bestselling author of the Proverbial Crimes series, including A Bird in the Hand, When the Cat’s Away, and You Can Lead a Horse to Water. Dane is a writer, workshop facilitator, and former teacher with more than 20 years of teaching experience for students in middle school, high school, community college, and graduate school. Dane is presently working on a new cozy mystery series and has two of the three novels in the works as well as a brand new suspense trilogy.
Dane will use the library as her workspace and hold one-on-one consultation hours to help aspiring authors fine-tune their work. To book your appointment, visit our sign-up forms. Dane will also hold writing workshops:
Which Comes First, the Plot or the Characters
Sat | Jan 18 | 11:00am – 12:00pm | Main Library
Writing is a creative process that requires a 'whole brain' approach - or does it? If you're a 'lefty', creating the plot first might be the natural start. A 'righty' might conjure the characters first and then give them a place to roam. Either way is perfect, and we'd love to show you how to hone your craft, no matter the method you choose.
Timing is Everything
Thurs | Jan 23 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm | Main Library
Capturing the imagination of mystery readers can be tricky. It's not enough to promise a good thrill- you've got to deliver! Join us for a lesson in well-placed murders (fictional, of course) guaranteed to send a chill down your spine.
And join us for more writing and storytelling workshops in January:
Writing Your Family Story
Sat | Jan 4, 11 | 11:00am – 1:00pm | Red Mountain Library
Elizabeth Danielson, author of The Making of an American Family, will discuss the fundamentals of writing a compelling family history. On January 4, she'll cover gathering your family stories and documents to create a coherent narrative. On January 11, learn about using research tools to connect your family to its place of origin and time in history.
How to Take Your Novel from Idea to Book
Sat | Jan 4 | 3:00pm – 4:45pm | Red Mountain Library
Learn how to transform your ideas into a story arc using character development, plot, and conflict. Kelli Donley Williams will teach aspiring writers how to create a regular writing practice, identify who should be on your writing team, and get motivated to complete a manuscript.
Self-Publishing: The Basics
Wed | Jan 8 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Main Library
This Q&A session will cover what self-publishing is, how difficult it is, and the benefits and challenges of self-publishing versus traditional publishing. Come get your questions answered by Yolie Hernandez of AZ Book Designer.
CANCELLED: Self-Publishing: The Book Cover
Wed | Jan 22 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Main Library
The cover is one of the most important elements of your book. In this class, we will create mock-ups for your cover and discuss the necessary aspects of creating an attractive, marketable, and modern cover.
Art and Craft of Oral Storytelling
Wed | Jan 29 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Main Library
Learn the craft of oral storytelling. Bring a story that's been rattling around in your head, or develop something brand new in class. This is the first of a two-part series (part 2 will be held in February) in preparation for a storytelling event being hosted at the library in March.