Writer in Residence returns to Mesa Public Library

December 27, 2018 at 1:45 pm

Mesa Public Library is excited to continue our Writer in Residence program in partnership with Arizona State Library. Betty Webb will be Writer in Residence from January through March.

Webb will be offering free writing workshops at the various Mesa Libraries. Among the workshops she is hosting:

Writing the Story Memoir
Saturday, Jan. 26. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Main Library, 64 E. First St.
Having trouble writing that memoir? This workshop teaches you how to tell the story of your life in a more creative and innovative way than the standard chronological method. Webb, a former journalist and author of 17 novels and a family history, gives step-by-step instructions on how it's done, so come prepared to write. The "story" method is fun and easy!

Five Story Ideas a Day, Every Day
Thursday, Jan. 31. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Red Mountain Library, 635 N. Power Road.
Get creative and jump-start your "idea factories" so you never run out of things to write about. This fun workshop includes in-class writing and idea-hunting

Writing the Contemporary Mystery or Thriller
Saturday, Feb 9. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Main Library, 64 E. First St.
If you want to write a mystery or thriller, this is the workshop for you. Join Webb as she teaches, among other things, how to maintain a strong "Arc of Action," the importance of plot, character, method, motive and police procedure, and the differences between thrillers and mysteries.

Webb will also be holding one-on-one meetings with aspiring writers. Please check online at www.mesalibrary.org/writerinresidence to schedule a meeting or call (480) 644-3100 for questions.

She is the author of the nationally best-selling Lena Jones Mystery series, including Desert Noir, Desert Wives and Desert Vengeance, and the humorous Gunn Zoo mysteries, such as The Llama of Death, The Puffin of Death and The Otter of Death. Before beginning to write full time, Webb worked as a journalist interviewing everyone from U.S. presidents, astronauts who have walked on the moon, Nobel Prize-wining authors and polygamy runaways.

Webb has taught creative writing classes and workshops at Arizona State University and Phoenix College and has been a nationally-syndicated literary critic for 30 years. In addition to other organizations, she is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

The Writer in Residence 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.

Contact: Kevin Christopher
Tel. 480-644-4699