Writer in Residence

Writer in Residence

The Writer in Residence program brings local authors to the Library to consult with writers of any age, experience, or genre.

Our current Writer in Residence is acclaimed mystery author J.M. Hayes. Looking for publishing advice? Frustrated staring at a blank page? Have a first draft of the next Great American Novel? J.M. is here to help!

  • Every Tuesday, 3:30–6 pm from May 7–July 30Oro Valley Public Library - Call (520) 594-5580 to register for a ½ hour appointment
  • Every Tuesday, noon–2:30 pm from May 14–July 30Woods Memorial Library - Call (520) 594-5445 to register for ½ hour appointment

J.M. will also offer three workshops during his residency.

Many of J.M.’s books have been released to critical acclaim, including Prairie Gothic, which was a “Best Books You’ve Never Heard Of” selection by New York Magazine and Server Down, named “One of the Five Best Mystery Novels of 2009” by Library Journal. In a Booklist starred review, his newest book The Spirit and the Skull was called “a fascinating tale… straddling both mystery and fantasy genres.”

Don’t miss your chance to get free writing help from Tucson’s very own J.M. Hayes!

J. M. Hayes author photo, standing up againts exterior wall at Joel D. Valdez Main Library

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Writer In Residence Office Hours with J. M. Hayes

Jul 23rd | 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Don't face that blank page alone. Author J.M. Hayes will be available for writers who have questions about the craft & business of writing.

Writer in Residence Office Hours with J.M. Hayes

Jul 30th | 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Don't face that blank page alone. Hayes will be available for writers who have questions about the craft and business of writing.

Past Writers in Residence

Alice Hatcher

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.

Janni Lee Simner
Adrienne Celt
Lili DeBarbieri
Marge Pellegrino
Susan Cummins Miller
Logan Phillips

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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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