Award-winning author Alice Hatcher takes the reins as Library’s newest Writer-in-Residence

(TUCSON, Ariz.) – Don’t face that blank page alone! The Library continues its celebrated Writer-in-Residence program, a favorite of customers across Pima County. Local author Alice Hatcher will be with us February–April 2019 to consult with writers of any age, experience, or genre.

Alice describes herself best on her website:

After graduating from 28th grade at the University of Michigan, Alice Hatcher turned her attention from footnotes to fiction, and has since published short stories, creative nonfiction and poetry. To the immense relief of everyone who knows her, she finally completed the 3,475th draft of her first novel The Wonder That Was Ours, winner of the 2017 Dzanc Books Prize for Fiction. She is thrilled beyond description and grateful to those who supported her while she wrote a novel narrated by a collective of cockroaches.

With charm and a fabulous sense of humor, Alice will help writers overcome hurdles and have fun doing it!

From Tues, February 5–Tues, April 30, Alice will hold office hours at Himmel Park Library every Tuesday (3–5 pm) and Wednesday (3–6 pm). Participants must register in advance by calling (520) 594-5305. Walk-in consultations will only be available as space allows. She will also host three workshops:

  • Sat, March 2, 4–5 pm
    University of Arizona, Tucson Festival of Books
    Finding Your Narrator in the Crowd
  • Thurs, March 21, 1–2:30 pm
    Dusenberry-River Library
    Your Novel’s Opening Pages: Establishing Tension, the Story Question, and the Reader-Writer Contract
  • Sat, April 13, 10:30–noon
    Joel D. Valdez Main Library in the Idea+Space
    The Basics of Writing Grant Proposals for Individual Creative and Research Projects

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call (520) 791-4010.

The Writer-in-Residence Program is made possible by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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