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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
(Spring 2019) R 10:30-11:45am; also by appointment (I’m often available during convo hour on T/Th and directly after class)
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.

 

 

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

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