Glendale Public Library this month is launching its 2021 Virtual Writer in Residence (WIR) Program.
The online program, which runs from mid-February through July, allows aspiring authors the opportunity to learn the “tricks of the trade” from accomplished, published writers. The WIR mentors are authors Amy K. Nichols and Tina Radcliffe.
Ms. Nichols and Ms. Radcliffe each will present six programs focusing on writing-based topics ranging from planning a novel to working with agents. They will also offer free, 30-minute, virtual coaching sessions to provide individualized assistance.
For the second year, the library will be using the Zoom platform to present the programs and consultations virtually.
“We’ve found connecting with and helping people put their stories into writing does not necessarily need to be in person,” administrative librarian Kathy Curley stated in a news release. “The opportunity to work with talented authors from the comfort of home was a great experience for last year’s participants.”
The spring session will feature Ms. Nichols, author of young adult science fiction books “Now That You’re Here” and “While You Were Gone,” published by Knopf Books for Young Readers. She has experience helping would-be authors hone their skills, and is a WIR alumna with experience as an instructor and mentor with the Your Novel Year program at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
Ms. Radcliffe is a Romance Writers of America Honor Roll member, a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist, a Carol Award winner, and has been a freelance writer of novels and short stories for more than 20 years. She will handle the summer session.
Visit the library’s events calendar at bit.ly/gplazevents for more details or to sign up for a Writer in Residence consultation or program.
The Writer in Residence 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.