Instructor: Terry Farish
Date & Time: Saturday, October 15 | 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Patten Free Library, Bath
Maximum Attendees: 12
Fee: MWPA Member $45 | Nonmember $100
Immigrants bring the world to the U.S., and the stories they share illuminate the world outside the single lens of one’s own family and community. In this workshop, participants will look at examples of writing for and about young adults that bring cultures face-to-face.
Attendees will learn research methods for writing about an ethnicity not their own, as well as approaches to surmount the challenges of writing not what they know but what they seek to understand. Through writing prompts that explore ways to bring the world beyond our borders into a story, participants will discover how creating a cultural mosaic in literature adds complexity to characterization and storytelling.
Terry Farish is the author of Either the Beginning or the End of the World, a 2016 Maine Literary Award winner. She is also the author of the novel in verse, The Good Braider, selected as an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults. Her recent picture book, Joseph’s Big Ride, about a boy from South Sudan, is set in Portland’s Kennedy Park. This year the New England Reading Association awarded Terry with a Special Recognition Award for her work “writing about immigrants coming to our country in hopes of finding promise and possibility in their new home.” She lives in Kittery. VISIT terryfarish.com
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