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Posted on: May 12, 2022

Writer in Residence

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Do you ever wonder how published writers make it? How they find the time, inspiration, discipline, words, editor, publisher or (fill in your blank here). How they string together the first sentence and then another until they have a book to give to their family and friends, to self-publish or sell to a major publishing house, to peddle out of the trunk of their car or work with their publicist. Do you wonder where to turn to learn the art and craft and the business and promotion of the writing practice?

Wonder no more. During private consultations and workshops, the library’s latest Writer in Residence, Osha Gray Davidson, will share his expertise and offer encouragement, direction and feedback to local authors no matter where they find themselves on the path to publication. Topics and tools presented in the consultations and workshops may be applied to fiction, nonfiction or poetry, and can be utilized by writers of high-school age and above.

Davidson is an award-winning author, freelance writer and photographer. He has authored six books of non-fiction including, "The Best of Enemies," which was adapted for a film starring Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson. Davidson’s features have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone and other esteemed publications. 

Virtual consultations are Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m. and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. A computer and quiet area will be available in the library for those not comfortable with the virtual format.  

Join us on Friday, June 3, for a movie and pizza party night. Enjoy dinner, watch “The Best of Enemies” and stay for a question-and-answer session with Davidson. Other programs include “The Art of Interviewing” and an open mic night. Check the Apache Junction Public Library’s website at ajpl.org or call 480-474-8555 for additional information. 

All workshops are free and open to the public. The Writer in Residence program is sponsored by the Arizona State Library, a division of the Secretary of State’s office, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The city of Apache Junction invites and welcomes people of all disabilities to use our programs, sites and facilities. Any question about library services for people with disabilities can be answered by the library ADA coordinator 480-474-8555, TTY 711, or ada@ajpl.org. Additional information may be found at apachejunctionaz.gov/ada.

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