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Writer in Residence

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January-March Writer in Residence Dane McCaslin

After careful consideration of public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Writer in Residence Dane McCaslin will be postponing the remainder of her one-on-one consultations and writing workshops until June.


April-June Writer in Residence Mindy Tarquini

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 Mindy Tarquini as our Writer in Residence. Mindy Tarquini is a critically acclaimed author with over ten years in the industry. Tarquini is the author of the award winning
novel Hindsight, The Infinite Now, and Deepest Blue. Tarquini’s writing has been featured in Writers Digest,
BookPage, Hypable, Thrive Global, and other venues. Tarquini was an editor for Spinetingler Magazine, and she is currently an editor for the Lascaux Review, and also a member of the Perley Station Writer’s Colony. Her most recent published work is a short story for an anthology published by Toe Six Press in 2019.

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

April - Main Library
April - Red Mountain Library
April - Dobson Ranch Library
May - Main Library
May - Red Mountain Library
May - Dobson Ranch Library


Writer in Residence Workshops:

Finding the Structure in Your Plot
Wed | Apr 8 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Main Library
Wed | Apr 15 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Red Mountain Library
Without the tent poles, the story collapses. This class is an introduction for new writers and a reminder for those with more experience. Learner participation is encouraged to uncover the circular nature of the story and the signposts needed to pass along the way.

Voice: The Elusive Quality
Wed | Apr 22 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Red Mountain Library
Wed | Apr 30 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Main Library
It's said voice cannot be taught. Perhaps, but in this workshop writers of all levels will, through a series of fun and supportive exercises, encourage their writing voice to come out of hiding.

It Takes a Village
Tues | May 5 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm | Dobson Ranch Library
Wed | May 13 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Red Mountain Library
Characters are the heart and soul of a story. But who are your characters? Bring your work in progress and let's work together to populate the village that will provide your story's life. 

An Infinity of Inspiration
Wed | May 20 | 5:00pm – 7:00pm | Red Mountain Library
Wed | May 27 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm | Main Library
Inspiration can be found anywhere from the vastness of a mountain scape to the footprints of a mouse in the snow. In this freewheeling workshop we will take an idea, whether it be a sentence, an experience, or a notion and follow William Blakes’s example, using that spark of inspiration to explore the world through the minute and the infinite. Participants should bring their imaginations to this interactive writing program.

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.