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Heather Bouwman

Associate 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 341
Hours
(Spring 2018) T 1:30-3:30pm; also by appointment
Phone
(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!) 

 

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W12 Fairy/Folk Tales in Literature - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 308

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0800 - 0940

Location:

OEC 308

Course Registration Number:

21715 (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—for example, Grimm’s Snow White story along with Helen Oyeyemi’s BOY, SNOW, BIRD; or selections from ARABIAN NIGHTS along with Renée Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN. 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 Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 255 - W02 Intro to Imaginative Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 104

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

SCB 104

Course Registration Number:

20827 (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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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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Fall 2018 Courses

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

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

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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