Writers in Residence Program

Stay tuned for more information on the Writers in Residence program and how it may change in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apache Junction Public Library is excited to introduce Writers in Residence program on February 3rd when James L. Thane, author of the fast-paced and edgy Sean Richardson series, begins his residency.

What is the Writer-in-Residence program?

The Writer-in-Residence program offers encouragement, direction and feedback to local authors, and provides opportunities for them to enhance their skills no matter where they find themselves on the path to publication. The Writer-in-Resident Program was 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.

Creating Sean Richardson Wednesday, February 12, 2-3:30 p.m. From Phoenix to Purity to Potshot Wednesday, March 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Writing the Winning Query Letter Wednesday, April 8, 6-7:30 p.m.What help is available for aspiring writers?

Our Writer-in-Residence will be available for one-on-one consultations Mondays from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 11-1 p.m. Although drop-ins will be accommodated as availability permits, appointments are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the Apache Junction Public Library at 474-8555.

In addition to being available for half-hour, one-one-one consultations, Thane, a noted instructor, will offer a series of workshops to help writers get their projects off the ground and see them through to the final rewrite.

Who is James L. Thane?

James ThaneAfter graduating with a Ph.D., Jim became a history professor and wrote non-fiction and magazine and trade journal articles before returning to his first love – mystery writing. Thane cut his teeth on Erle Stanley Gardner, Ed Bain, and John McDonald and, in 2010, he published his first police procedural No Place to Die; set in Phoenix and featuring Sean Richardson. Accolades include “Engaging…hooks the audience…”, “A fast action thriller…” and “An excellent debut…” Jim then penned two additional Sean Richardson novels before switching his fictional locale from Phoenix to Montana’s Big Sky Country in his recently released novel Crossroads.

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