Historical Realities In Fiction For Children 2017
With Marilesa Jiménez Garcia and Donna Jo Napoli
September 14 - 17, 2017
Build a deeper understanding of the role fiction plays in understanding our shared history.
In order to authentically represent history in fiction rather than to fictionalize history, today’s writers must come to the page with great sensitivity and an accurate base of knowledge. Children must have a window into the past realities of religious intolerance, immigration, and the degradation of the environment, and they must have a chance to discuss how their lives knit into our complicated history.
Writing a picture book or novel set against one of these historical realities allows our readers to learn from the past and see the needs of the world today. But this writing must be done with great care.
Join professor, linguist, and author Donna Jo Napoli with her special guest, Professor of Latino/a Literature and Culture and Youth Literature and Media, Marilisa Jiminez Garcia, as they work with you to build an understanding of the role of writing stories to process historical narratives. There will be daily lectures from the faculty paired with one-on-one feedback on your own writing. “Learn to honor history in your work and make it come alive for readers of all ages!”
About the Leaders
Marilisa Jiménez García is an interdisciplinary scholar specializing in Latino/a literature and culture. Particularly interested in the intersections of race, gender, nationalism, and youth culture in Puerto Rican literature of the diaspora, she also specializes in literature for youth and how marginalized communities have used children’s and young adult texts as a platform. She is […]Learn more about Marilesa Jiménez Garcia
Donna Jo is an award-winning writer of children’s fiction, from picture books to young-adult novels. Her books have won the Golden Kite, the Sydney Taylor, the NJ Reading Association, the Kentucky Bluegrass, the Nevada Young Readers, the Bock Book, Anne Izard’s Storytellers’, and the Parents’ Choice awards. She holds numerous degrees, has taught at various […]Learn more about Donna Jo Napoli