Creative Writing in the Community

In 2003, Terry founded The Literary Arts Partnership at the University of Central Florida, which offers poetry and storytelling workshops in community settings to children, youth, and adults throughout central Florida. LAP was founded on the belief that poetry and storytelling are powerful tools that enhance literacy, learning attitude, character, and self-awareness. 


Terry and her students have provided creative writing workshops in public schools, residential treatment facilities, prisons, shelters, assisted living facilities, foster homes, and community centers. As a result of this work, Terry published a textbook Creative Writing in the Community: A Guide.


LAP is a member of the National Writers in the Schools Alliance.


Terry is part of UCF's Florida Prison Education Project (FPEP) that provides higher education to persons in the Florida State Prison System. She is currently co-teaching a creative writing class, with Laurie Uttich, to incarcerated men at the Central Florida Reception Center.