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Writer in Residence

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

May through July, we will welcome Sharon Skinner as our Writer in Residence. Writer in Residence Sharon Skinner

Sharon Skinner has been writing stories since fourth grade; she holds a GPC, a BA in English, an MA in Creative Writing, and is a proud US Navy veteran. She mainly writes fantasy, science fiction and paranormal for audiences of all ages.

Still a voracious and eclectic reader, Skinner also loves drawing, arts and crafts, sewing, and costume-making (especially steampunk). Her guiltiest pleasure is online gaming, and her biggest weakness is home-made, double-dark chocolate fudge. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three lovable cats. 

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

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

Writer in Residence Workshops:

Setting: Where in the World?
Sat | May 5 | 10:00am – 12:15pm | RM Setting is a critical aspect of ensuring your reader is transported into your fictional world and remains immersed throughout the story. This workshop will focus on world-building.

Point of View (POV): Who...Are...You?
Sat | May 19 | 10:00am – 12:15pm | MN
Point of View (POV) is the lens through which your reader will view your story. Go beyond first-person, second-person, etc., and delve into how POV affects the structure of the story, narrative voice, and reader engagement.

Character: The Arc and the Covenant
Sat | June 2 | 10:00am – 12:15pm | RM
A well-rounded character is critical for believability. All fiction requires some a level of suspension of disbelief, but “real” characters make the plot--and ultimately the story--believable. This workshop will explore a variety of methods for creating multi-faceted, compelling characters who won’t fall flat.

Plot: More Than Just a Walk in the Park
Sat | June 23 | 10:00am – 12:15pm | DR
We’ve all seen that old plotline that looks like the front end of a roller coaster, but plot is more than just rising action based on a series of increasing complications. It’s the engine that drives the narrative and needs to fire on all cylinders to rev up and captivate readers. This workshop will offer methods for creating a compelling plot that leads to a satisfying conclusion.

Tick, Tick, Tick: Conflict and Tension
Sat | July 7 | 10:00am – 12:15pm | RM
Conflict reveals character. Raising the stakes and keeping the pressure on will have your reader turning pages to see what happens next. Join Writer in Residence, Sharon Skinner, for a deeper look at the elements in play that create both internal and external conflict and rising tension and keep readers engaged. 

Inside/Out: Emotion and Sensory Detail
Sat | July 21 | 10:00am – 12:15pm | MN
Emotion and sensory detail are important aspects of engaging the reader and providing relatable characters and experiences. The first half of this workshop will focus on infusing the story with emotion. The second half of the workshop will provide exercises for including sensory details in your fiction, using all five senses.


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.