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Avondale hosts Writers in Residence Program; Spring Workshops offered

Post Date:03/23/2017 11:48 AM

WriterInResidenceProfileBetty Webb is the author of nine Lena Jones mysteries and four Gunn Zoo mysteries. Betty worked as a journalist, interviewing everyone from U.S. presidents, astronauts who walked on the moon, and polygamy runaways. A nationally-syndicated literary critic for more than 30 years, she currently reviews for Mystery Scene Magazine. Betty is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and the Authors Guild. She is also well-known as a creative writing instructor and has taught creative writing at Phoenix College and held Masters’ Classes in Creative Writing at ASU.


Betty will be spending 16 hours a week at the library, working on her writing, providing open author chat sessions, and teaching two free workshops per month. Please visit the library website for a detailed schedule of weekly author chat sessions.

 The spring series of free workshops offered by Betty Webb are as follows:


Kick-Starting your Creativity

Saturday, March 11  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This workshop increases an individual’s creativity, teaching how to get new material for short stories and novels in unexpected places.


Structuring the Contemporary Novel

Saturday, March 18  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This workshop teaches story structure, character, conflict, setting, and tone.


Thrillers vs Mysteries. What’s the diff?

Saturday, April 8  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This workshop teaches the arc of action, plotting, character, method, motive, police procedure, and the differences between thrillers and mysteries.


Developing Believable Protagonists & Antagonists

Saturday, April 22  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This workshop stresses deep character development as opposed to stereotypes. Included are tips on description skills and meaningful dialogue.


Writing Memoirs & Family History 

Saturday, May 13  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Writing an autobiography can at first seem an almost impossible task, but this workshop teaches individuals how to break the work down into attainable sections. It also teaches how to “novelize” the autobiography so that it is more readable than the standard chronological format.


Publishing and Marketing your Book

Saturday, May 20  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Everything an aspiring writer needs to know about the publishing world, from manuscript preparation, to finding an agent, working with editors, and creating effective marketing.


Registration is required; please contact the library at 623-333-2665 or  Avondale Civic Center Library is located at 11350 W. Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323.


This program is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


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