Terry Farish is an award-winning author of picture books and young adult novels, many of them influenced by her early work with the Red Cross in Vietnam. Terry studied sociology and social systems at Texas Woman’s University. She later earned an MA from Antioch College’s International Studies program studying in England with Carnegie Medal winner, Jan Mark. Her books have received honors including, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Winner of The Boston Authors Club Young Reader Award, a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, a Canadian Children’s Book Center Best Book, a Skipping Stones Honor Award for International Multicultural Books, a Bulletin for the Center of Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Winner.
My first stories were about animals, possibly because I loved them and didn't live in a place where I could have animals. So I imagined them. I hope you draw on something you care about in the world as an inspiration for your own writing. Today, I enjoy offering writing workshops with children, teens, and adults to help writers mine the stories they have inside of them. For me, it's in the process of writing that I find the stories. I don't know what I know before I write. Writing is discovery. In a workshop, I love to offer tools and see writers discover themselves.
Writing for me is also deep immersion in what I don't know. It's sometimes research over years until I put the research away and begin to write. I write to understand us in our small world. A story is a thread to connect you to your village, your home where you sleep, and to the world where we all must find a way to live together. You may have a chance to be the witness to a story in the world that your family has no way of knowing. But you know. That's the kind of writer I want to be, a writer who is a witness, a reporter, and can bring the story home.