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Heather Bouwman

Professor of English / Transfer Course Coordinator
Degree
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana)
B.A., Calvin College (Grand Rapids)
At St. Thomas since 2001
Office
JRC 348
Hours
(Fall 2019) T 1:00-3:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5603

I write novels for young people—chapter books for emerging readers and fantasy novels for ages 10+. My most recent books are the middle-grade fantasy A Crack in the Sea and its companion, A Tear in the Ocean, and the Owen and Eleanor chapter book series. I especially love historical fantasy, genre mashups, fairy tale retellings, and multiplotted novels. I love reading and teaching fantasy; YA and children’s literature; and American novels from the late 1790’s forward. I am almost always game to talk about novel structure and writing process.

I come to writing for kids via a Ph.D. in literature (with an emphasis on colonial and early American literature); I still get a kick out of historical and archival research, and I’m deeply interested in the history of the book and book-making in America.

 

 

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W11 Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 310

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

OEC 310

Course Registration Number:

42567 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. Bouwman

In this course we’ll study a small collection of fairy and folk tales closely, both in their early written sources and later literary re-imaginings. As we read different versions of the stories, we’ll ask ourselves how these tales are structured, what audiences they’re aimed at, what they might be telling us about the culture of the time, and what they might have to say to us today. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the WAC Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 255 - W03 Intro to Imaginative Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 310

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OEC 310

Course Registration Number:

41982 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. Bouwman

This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students’ critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. This course satisfies the core Literature and Writing requirement for students who started that requirement with an ENGL 201-204 class, fulfills the Genre Studies requirement in the English major, and meets a requirement for the English with Creative Writing Emphasis and English with a Professional Writing Emphasis majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Schedule Details

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W16 Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 209

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

OEC 209

Course Registration Number:

21978 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. Bouwman

In this course we'll study a small collection of fairy and folk tales closely, both in their early written sources and later literary re-imaginings. As we read different versions of the stories, we'll ask ourselves how these tales are structured, what audiences they're aimed at, what they might be telling us about the culture of the time, and what they might have to say to us today. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the WAC Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W17 Once Upon A Time: Fairy Tales - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC LL15

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

BEC LL15

Course Registration Number:

21979 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. Bouwman

In this course we'll study a small collection of fairy and folk tales closely, both in their early written sources and later literary re-imaginings. As we read different versions of the stories, we'll ask ourselves how these tales are structured, what audiences they're aimed at, what they might be telling us about the culture of the time, and what they might have to say to us today. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the WAC Writing Intensive requirement.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GENG 603 - 01 Workshop on the Novel - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481

Days of Week:

- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

21949 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. Bouwman

In this course we’ll study the form and structure of the novel, project planning techniques for novel drafting and revising, publication and professional issues for fiction writers; and elements of craft in fiction writing. In addition to reading and discussing approximately six novels, we’ll also read a variety of books and essays about the novel. And we will write—a lot! If you are currently drafting or revising a novel (or want to), we can work your project into the final writing requirement for the course. For others, we will find a way to customize the final assignment so that you can work on a long project that fits with your interests (e.g., drafting a section of memoir using fiction-writing techniques that you learned in this course; or drafting part of a novel in verse; or conducting a research project on how to construct a book-length collection of poems).

Schedule Details

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