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January-March Writer in Residence Dane McCaslin

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

From January through March, we will welcome Dane McCaslin as our Writer in Residence. Dane McCaslin 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. Follow her on Twitter: @mccaslin_dane.

Find her books in our catalog.

To schedule a one-on-one appointment, please visit the signup form below:
January - Main Library
February - Main Library
February - Red Mountain Library
February - Dobson Ranch Library 

Writer in Residence Workshops:

Which Comes First: The Plot or the Characters
Sat | Jan 18 | 11:00am - 12:30pm | 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.  

Crafting a Short Story that Isn't Short on Pizzazz 
Thurs | Feb 13 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Red Mountain Library
Sometimes a story doesn’t need the wide open space of a novel, and that’s where the short story format becomes the perfect frame. While the final product might seem easy in comparison to a full-fledged novel, there’s still a lot of effort that goes into making the short story work. In this workshop you will learn the tricks behind the tiny tale.

Learning the Differences Between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Person Points of View
Sat | Feb 22 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm | Dobson Ranch Library
There are two sides to every story…and sometimes three. I love to write. You love to write. They love to write. These are simple examples of the three points of view available to writers. If you struggle in choosing which would best suit your story, come join this writing workshop to get some tools to help make that decision..

How to Write Believable Dialogue
Thurs | Mar 5 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Main Library
Have you ever read (or tried to read) a book that seemed full of endless description and little character interaction? While that method might have worked for the great writers of the past, today’s readers want a realistic reading experience.  In this writing workshop you will learn how to bring your characters to life through natural-sounding dialogue.

Reducing the Backstory and Jumping into the Action
Thurs | Mar 19 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Main Library
Bad dates and poorly written books have something in common, believe it or not: too much backstory. Information overload can send even the most dedicated reader scurrying for the safety of hints into a character’s life via dialogue and action, not their entire life story. If you’d like to know how to move from “show” to “tell”, be sure to join us for our last writing workshop with Writer in Residence Dane McCaslin.


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.