Shawver teaches others to discover the writer within

By Shea Stanfield
Foothills Focus Contributing Writer

We’ve all come through endless weeks cooped up at home. It’s time for a summer where anything is possible—including becoming a writer.

The Glendale Public Library’s Writers in Residence program may be just the opportunity. The Arizona State Library, Achieves and Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State’s office, supports the Writers in Residence program with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

This means the program is free.

This summer, Phoenix author Katrina Shawver, who penned “Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America,” is offering workshops through the library.

They are:

• 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, “Make Every Word Count.”

• 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, “Writing Memoir: When You are the Main Character.”

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 17, “Get Ready to Publish Part One.”

• 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, “Get Ready to Publish Part Two.”

• 11 a.m. to noon Friday, August 21, “Writing Memoir: When You are the Main Character.”

Due to social distancing health and safety precautions, this year’s Writers in Residence program will be held via Zoom. All skill levels are invited.

Advance registration is required by visiting glendaleaz.evanced.info/signup/calendar. For more information, email sherlache@glendaleaz.com.

A former Arizona Republic journalist, Shawver received the 2018 Polish Heritage Award from the Polish American Congress of Arizona. She’s a 2019-21 Road Scholar for Arizona Humanities, the Arizona affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“Henry” won first place for Published Nonfiction, in the 2018 Arizona Authors Association Literary Contest. Since the book’s release, she has become a popular speaker at community organizations, libraries, book clubs, synagogues and community colleges.

For more information about Shawver and her book, visit katrinashawver.com, email her at katrina@katrinashawver.com or call her at 602-492-1232.

Contact arts columnist Shea Stanfield

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