Writer in Residence Online with Amy K. Nichols
Posted on 02/04/2021
Writer in Residence Online with Amy K. Nichols - July-August 2020Glendale Public Library is hosting an online Writer in Residence, who can provide instruction to aspiring authors through Zoom video conferencing. Get free expert advice on your writing by scheduling a thirty-minute one-on-one appointment, or attend a workshop to learn new skills in craft and publishing. All experience levels are welcome. Meet with our Writer in Residence and get on your way to starting, finishing, polishing, or publishing your own story. 

Registration is required for all of these workshops and consultations conducted through Zoom video conferencing. Follow the links below to register through our online calendar. Questions? Email Kathy at kcurley@glendaleaz.com. To download a printable flyer, click here.

Amy K. Nichols is the author of the YA science fiction novels Now That You’re Here and While You Were Gone, published by Knopf BFYR/Penguin Random House. She has served as a Teaching Associate with Your Novel Year at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, as well as the Writer in Residence for the Glendale Public Library. Insatiably curious, Amy dabbles in art and quantum physics, and has a long list of things to do before she dies. She lives with her family outside Phoenix, AZ. Visit her website at amyknichols.com.

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


February 15-May 5
Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. 

Meet via Zoom with our Writer in Residence for writing advice or manuscript review. Sessions are limited to 30 minutes at a time and one session per week. Our Writer in Residence cannot accept manuscripts to be read outside of the session.  Please visit our library's online calendar of events to register.


  • Making 2021 Your Writing Year
    Saturday, February 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Click here to register for this virtual workshop.
    Last year threw a lot of people off their game. If the events of 2020 kept you from reaching your goals, particularly your writing goals, this workshop is for you. Together we’ll discuss practical ways to make the most of this new year and how to see your writing ideas through to finished projects.
  • Planning Your Novel
    Saturday, March 6, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Click here to register for this virtual workshop.
    When it comes to writing a novel, having a road map and a plan of action can mean the difference between reaching THE END and fizzling out by chapter five. If you have a drawerful of abandoned stories, this workshop is for you. We’ll compile the building blocks of your story and create a plan for writing the first draft. This workshop will benefit both the beginner and experienced writer. Bring a notebook or laptop.
  • Everything Is Material: Mining Your Past for Future Stories
    Saturday, March 20, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Click here to register for this virtual workshop.
    We’ve all been through hard times. Good times, too. The great news is everything is material. We can delve into life experiences, find the gems, and use them to elevate the stories we write. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll talk about techniques and do some mining. Bring a notebook and your memories and get ready to dig.
  • Common Creative Pitfalls (and How to Avoid Them)
    Saturday, April 3, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Click here to register for this virtual workshop.
    Sometimes the creative journey is smooth sailing. Other times the road is bumpy or even so mired we get stuck. In this workshop we’ll discuss the most common pitfalls that threaten creative work—whatever form that takes—and how best to avoid them. This session isn’t only for writers; all artists are welcome.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Writing
    Saturday, April 17, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Click here to register for this virtual workshop.
    As writers we make a lot of mistakes, many of which we clean up in revisions. Some mistakes, however, can seriously impede writers’ projects and careers. Tune in to this workshop to learn what the seven deadly sins of writing are, and—if you’re guilty of committing them—how to get yourself back in good graces.
  • Synopsis Writing Made Easy
    Saturday, May 1, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Click here to register for this virtual workshop.
    One of the most dreaded tasks novelists face is writing a synopsis. So many questions surround it: how many pages, what kind of formatting, how does one boil an entire story down into just a page? In this workshop we’ll take the mystery out of synopsis writing and turn it into as simple a process as possible…maybe even an enjoyable one.