Terri Farley

Bio:

Terri Farley is the author of the Phantom Stallion and Wild Horse Island series for middle-grade readers, as well as the contemporary Celtic Young Adult fantasy Seven Tears Into The Sea, which was nominated as a Young Adult Library Services Association “Best Book.” A former secondary school English teacher and a founding member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ mentor program, Terri has taught and presented in classrooms and at conferences across the U.S. and Canada. She has been honored by the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame and over two million copies of her books have sold across 28 countries.

Terri works regularly with young people to help them learn how to make their voices heard, and is the instigator of the Authoring Change campaign, which supports a number of humane and literacy organizations. She is also an advocate for the protection of the West’s wild horses.

Photo credit: Alicia Santistevan

Presentations:

Getting Your Story Straight

Hooked On Horses: How the Phantom Stallion’s Story Became a Book Series and How Terri Farley Became an Author

Writing Your Wildest Dreams [with Suzanne Morgan Williams]


GETTING YOUR STORY STRAIGHT

Using a workshop format designed to inspire writers – whether novices or veterans – to write “from their roots,” Terri Farley’s interactive presentation aims to enable authors from all backgrounds to develop new skills.

Farley uses a variety of practical exercises, developed over many years of leading workshops, to help writers mine their own memories for details of forgotten events. Then, with these past experiences fresh in their minds, they are able to access stories only they can tell. As they learn to write “from their roots,” they can imagine and put into words vivid characters, settings, and scenarios, and make their writing more memorable by putting emphasis on senses. Drawing on the work of Gabrielle Rico (author of Writing the Natural Way), Farley also leads participants to discover the power of “clustering techniques” and “the power of three,” illustrating that using three supporting facts or details adds power to a piece of writing.

Novice writers gain new confidence (including ahead of taking writing tests), while more experienced authors, with publication in mind, receive tips on finding their marketing platform.

Appropriate Audience:  Adults; students grades 6-12.

Duration: Adults 1-3 hours. Students 1-1 ¼ hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening digital presentation. Presenter will bring own laptop
  • Wireless microphone if room/audience is large.

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: Creative workshop, literature


HOOKED ON HORSES: HOW THE PHANTOM STALLION’S STORY BECAME A BOOK SERIES AND HOW TERRI FARLEY BECAME AN AUTHOR

In a presentation which makes rich use of the art of lively storytelling, audiences learn about the journey that took Terri Farley, author of the popular young adult series, Phantom Stallion, from a sickly childhood to becoming a city-cowgirl on the trail of the real-life Phantom Stallion which in turn led to her becoming an author. The Phantom Stallion series has sold over two million copies worldwide, but how did it begin? Farley explains how she “met” and adopted the real Phantom Stallion and how she transformed  her true life experiences into fiction. Based on the wisdom gleaned along the path, Farley emphasizes the importance of reading – both non-fiction and fiction – as well as having the courage to pursue adventure and the tenacity to undertake hands-on research. She also shares her unbeatable formula of using one’s head to follow the heart. Audience interaction is strongly encouraged.

Appropriate Audience:  Can be tailored for all ages.

Duration: Approximately 1 hour.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening digital presentation. Presenter will bring own laptop
  • Wireless microphone if room/audience is large

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: Literature


WRITING YOUR WILDEST DREAMS (with Suzanne Morgan Williams)

Suzanne Morgan Williams and Terri Farley have done some crazy things while researching their fact-based fiction. Suzanne has been stranded on sea ice in Hudson Bay. Terri rode at a full-out gallop across the Nevada range as part of a Pony Express reenactment. In this workshop presentation, they set their collective sights on a new challenge – to guide literary-minded participants to identify their dreams, focus on their own unique stories, and mine their deepest memories to create fresh and original writing.

Together, Morgan Williams and Farley encourage writers of all ages understand the excitement and importance of real world research, as well as offering guidance on how to approach it. In particular, they focus on that essential research tool – the interview – and share their insights on how to go about choosing who to interview, how to best make initial contact, and how to ask productive questions. They also offer strategies for using hobbies as a means of discovering new topics. In addition, throughout this presentation, the authors make selective use of storytelling and brief readings to show how dull facts can be turned into fresh fiction and how research adventures can be transformed into dynamic writing.

Appropriate Audience: Adults; students grade 4-12.

Duration: Adults 1-3 hours. Students 1-1 ¼ hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenters.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening digital presentation. Presenters will bring own laptop
  • Wireless microphones if room/audience is large.

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: Creative workshop, literature