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Heather Bouwman

Professor of English / Transfer Course Coordinator
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana)
B.A., Calvin College (Grand Rapids)
At St. Thomas since 2001
JRC 348
(651) 962-5603

I am deeply interested in stories by captives in colonial America—people who didn’t want to be where they were forced to be or do what they were forced to do. The texts by these people—many of them not professional writers—include captivity narratives, slave narratives, criminal confessions and trial accounts, and many early melodramas. 

I am also interested in the history of the book in colonial and early America.

In recent years I’ve been writing children’s and young adult fiction. My first novel, The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap, was a historical fantasy set in 1787, involving a boatload of escaped convicts. (My early American interests definitely inform my creative writing!) 


Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
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ENGL 326 - W01 Writing for Children/Yng Adult - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC LL03

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1330 - 1510



Course Registration Number:

42525 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


Heather M. Bouwman

“What we owe children: we owe them stories that matter.” –children’s author Phillis Root. In English 326, we’ll study and write literature for children and young adults (YA). We’ll read five or six middle grade and YA novels and many picture books and excerpts of novels, and we’ll complete many short writing attempts; you’ll also write several longer pieces that you’ll revise and polish. The class will focus primarily on three kinds of fiction writing—picture books, middle grade, and young adult—and all students will be expected to try their hand at writing for all three age groups. Because most middle grade and young adult fiction is published in novel form, you’ll be encouraged to begin a novel or a novel-in-verse over the semester (opening chapter[s] and outlines). This course satisfies the writing distribution requirement for English with a Creative Writing Emphasis students and the Genre Studies distribution requirement for standard English majors who are under the Fall 2015 Undergraduate Catalog or later. This course also satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 255 or permission of the instructor; ideally, it's recommended that you will also have taken either 321 Writing Poetry or ENGL 322 Writing Fiction as well, though those are not required prerequisites for this course.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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