Writer in Residence offers free workshops at Mesa Public Library

March 27, 2019 at 12:24 pm

Mesa Public Library is excited to continue our Writer in Residence program in partnership with Arizona State Library. Susan Pohlman will be Writer in Residence from April through June.

Pohlman will be offering free writing workshops at Main Library, 64 E. First St. Among the workshops she is hosting:

Writing Workshop
April 9, April 23, May 7, May 21, June 4 and June 18. 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Looking for inspiration? Gather on the first and third Tuesday of each month with other writers and enjoy an hour of writing prompts and general discussion about the writing life!

Introduction to Memoir: Write What You Know
Thursday, April 18. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Everyone has a natural writer within, and everyone has something meaningful to say. This interactive workshop will explore the art and craft of memoir writing and include writing exercises to help you narrow your focus, be authentic, and take readers on an emotional journey of the heart.

Bringing Characters to Life on the Page
Thursday, May 23. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Characters are the heart and soul of fiction. This class will take a look at the basics of characterization and develop your ability to create compelling characters.

How to Write a Compelling Scene
Thursday, June 20. 6 pm. - 7:30 p.m.
Scene is the element of craft that captures the heart of the reader. Designed for all levels of writers, this session will clarify the difference between narrative summary and scene and present the fundamentals of how to create effective scenes.

Pohlman 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 founder and director of The Phoenix Writers Network. She is a freelance writer, editor, writing coach and workshop facilitator based in Phoenix. Her essays have been published in a variety of print and online outlets.

Pohlman is the author of the memoir Halfway to Each Other, the winner of the Relationships category and runner-up in the Memoir category in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It was shortlisted for the 2010 Inspy Awards. She is presently working on a second memoir and a MG novel. She has written six short films. The Misadventures of Matilda Mench won best screenplay in the 2010 Baltimore 48 Hour Film Project and the 2010 CINE Golden Eagle Award for best Independent Fiction Short. The Penwon best screenplay in the 2011 Baltimore 48.

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