Friday, November 11, 2011
Workshops with Parking Lot Guarantee
What's a parking lot guarantee?
I promise you won't be able to wait til you get home to start trying writing tips from these workshops!
Teens - Creative Writing Series with author Terri Farley
Terri Farley is the author of the ALA honored fantasy Seven Tears into the Sea, the Phantom Stallion, the Wild Horse Island series, and many nonfiction magazine articles. Her books have sold over two million copies worldwide. Join us for this hands-on, 2-part creative writing series and you will have the opportunity to learn from a pro!
* Writing Your Wildest Dreams, Part I, November 12: In this fast-paced, energetic workshop, you'll discover how your own senses, memories and creativity can jump-start your imagination.
* Writing Your Wildest Dreams, Part II: November 19: Brainstorm adventures filled with places you want to go and beings you long to encounter (or not), then add enough conflict to leave even you breathless and you're on your way to living a story only you can write.
* Time: 4-5:30 p.m.
* Location: Downtown Library, 270 Forest Avenue
* You must register for each part separately - Part 1 and Part 2
* Free and open to teens in grades 6-12
* This program made possible by the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.
* Redwood Writers Meeting 2:30-5 PM at the Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 • Phone: (707) 545-8530 Click here for map.
We ask for a small fee of $5 from members and $8 from non-members to cover costs.
Our speaker for November will be Terri Farley, “Writing a Series isn’t Child’s Play”
Her talk will be about writing for teen and pre-teen audiences as well as how to structure writing a series.
Terri Farley, a cowgirl at heart, grew up in Los Angeles, and saved her allowance for rides at nearby stables.
After college, Farley taught remedial reading in an inner-city high school in Los Angeles, where she learned animal stories could touch even the most shielded hearts.
Terri’s PHANTOM STALLION series is set in today’s Nevada. WILD HORSE ISLAND takes place on a fictional Hawaiian island and SEVEN TEARS INTO THE SEA weaves the north coast of contemporary California with ancient Celtic legends of the selkie. It was nominated as an ALA best books for young adults.
Terri’s fact-based fiction is equal parts investigation and imagination and she doesn’t mind getting her hands dirty. She’s ridden across the Nevada desert in a Pony Express reenactment, spent ten days in the saddle for a Nevada-California cattle drive, and job- shadowed paniolos on Hawaii. As an Earthwatch volunteer, she hiked the sand dunes and swales of an uninhabited island off the coast of North Carolina, studying wild horse behavior. As a Marine Mammal Institute volunteer, she coaxed an orphaned sea lion to take her first bottle.
Terri has studied wild horses on the Nevada range and acted as a humane observer during BLM helicopter round-ups. She makes frequent visits to determine the condition of corralled wild horses. In March 2010, she broke the story that captive mustang foals’ births and deaths were not recorded by BLM.
As plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Department of the Interior, she joined in asking Federal court to order the Bureau of Land Management to obey the Wild Free Roaming Horse and Burro Act of 1971 and return 1,800 mustangs from the Calico Mountains (setting for her PHANTOM STALLION series) to their native lands.
A graduate of San José State University, Terri earned a B.A. and Secondary teaching credential in English, and a Master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her thesis “Cry Havoc!” explores press freedom inside American-Japanese internment camps. For more information visit her at terrifarley.com
Labels: teen creative writing, Terri Farley workshops, writing a series
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Thursday, November 03, 2011
See the world through this lens today
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