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 30, Oro Valley Public Library - Call (520) 594-5580 to register for a ½ hour appointment
- Every Tuesday, noon–2:30 pm from May 14–July 30, Woods Memorial Library - Call (520) 594-5445 to register for ½ hour appointment
J.M. will also offer three workshops during his residency.
- June 13 from 1:30–3:30 pm, Dusenberry-River Library
Opening Line and Paragraphs: Writing to Hook Readers on Page One
- June 27 from 10 am–noon, Oro Valley Public Library
To Die Laughing: Effectively Combining Humor and Suspense
- July 13 from 11 am–1 pm, Joel D. Valdez Main Library
The Art of Writing: Exercises to Stretch Writing Skills
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!
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Past Writers in Residence
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.
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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.