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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 2018) R 10:30-11:45am; 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 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 326 - W01 Writing for Children/Yng Adult - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC LL03

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

BEC LL03

Course Registration Number:

42525 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

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
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 297U - AL2 Literary Passports: FR, IT, EP - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

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Course Registration Number:

10181 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Catherine Craft-Fairchild, Heather M. Bouwman

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Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 255 - W02 Intro to Imaginative Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 481

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

20755 (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 fulfills the Genre Study requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

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