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Apr-Jun Writer in Residence Susan Pohlman 

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

From April through June, we will welcome Susan Pohlman as our Writer in Residence. Writer in Residence Susan Pohlman

Susan Pohlman is the founder and director of The Phoenix Writers Network. She is a freelance writer, editor, writing coach, and workshop facilitator based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her essays have been published in a variety of print and online outlets. She is the author of the memoir Halfway to Each Other, the winner of the Relationships category and runner-up in the Memoir category in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It was shortlisted for the 2010 Inspy Awards. She is presently working on a second memoir and a MG novel. She has written six short films. The Misadventures of Matilda Mench won best screenplay in the 2010 Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project and the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award for best Independent Fiction Short. The Pen won best screenplay in the 2011 Baltimore 48.

For more information about her work, visit her website.

To schedule a one-on-one appointment, please visit the signup form

Writer in Residence Workshops:

Writing Workshop
Tues | Apr 9, Apr 23, May 7, May 21, Jun 4, Jun 18 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Main Library
Looking for inspiration? Gather on the first and third Tuesday of the month with other writers and enjoy an hour of writing prompts and general discussion about the writing life!

Introduction to Memoir: Write What You Know
Thurs | Apr 18 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Main Library
Everyone has a natural writer within, and everyone has something meaningful to say. This interactive workshop will explore the art and craft of memoir writing and include writing exercises to help you narrow your focus, be authentic, and take readers on an emotional journey of the heart.

Bringing Characters to Life on the Page
Thurs | May 23 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Main Library
Characters are the heart and soul of fiction. This class will take a look at the basics of characterization and develop your ability to create compelling characters.

How to Write a Compelling Scene
Thurs | Jun 6 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | Main Library
Scene is the element of craft that captures the heart of the reader. Designed for all levels of writers, this session will clarify the difference between narrative summary and scene and present the fundamentals of how to create effective scenes.


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.