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Writers in Residence Program

Post Date:04/26/2016 1:39 PM

Mesa Public Library is excited to participate in a Writer in Residence pilot program in partnership with the Arizona State Library. Two authors will use the Main Library’s board room as their public work space, where they will develop fascinating plotlines, create memorable characters, write sparkling prose, and wrestle with writer’s block. They’ll also be available to give guidance to other aspiring writers and will present two programs a month.bill-konigsberg

Our first author is Bill Konigsberg, who will be with us March through May. Bill Konigsberg is the author of three young adult books and is the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU, in addition to coordinating ASU’s Your Novel Year program.

His debut novel, Out of the Pocket, won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. His second novel, Openly Straight, won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Warren Award and Lambda Literary Awards in 2014. His third novel, The Porcupine of Truth, won the Stonewall Book Award in 2016 and made YALSA's 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.

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

The 7 Deadly Sins of Dialogue
Sat | April 9 | 9:00am - 11:00am | RM
Behold! The seven deadly sins of dialogue. Avoid these sins, and ye shall reach the kingdom of publishing heaven.

Learning to Love the Cave
Wed | April 20 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | MEL
Starting a novel is like entering a dark cave: You feel around for anything you can hold onto, hoping to find a door or window that will illuminate everything. Most often, it's just a wall. The cave is where the magic happens, but how do you get comfortable in the cave?

A Cheetos Wrapper Floats Down the Canal
Sat | May 14 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm | DR
Creating a believable but unique setting for your novel can be harder than you think. Come learn some tips for building the right place for everything to happen.

First-page Critiques
Wed | May 25 | 6:30pm - 7:30pm | MN
Come armed with the first page of your novel, a pen and paper to take notes, and a willingness to listen! Writer in Residence Bill Konigsberg will bring a volunteer reader to read first pages that participants anonymously submit, and he will respond to each page.



This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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