Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Creating Characters That Dance: Exploring Female Self Image in Young Adult Fiction, Sept 9

9am to 11:50am. $36 per student. Held in the McKiernan Library. To register: contact Jacqueline at jch68@comcast.net. Students will need to acquire and have read Wintergirls before the class. Checks payable to: Celtic Junction Arts Center. 

What makes the teenage protagonist, competing with her friend to be as thin as possible, in Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel Wintergirls so real and riveting? Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be somebody else, if even for a day? This class is all about imagining characters, playing roles, building a persona, and understanding what makes a character "real." It is designed for teenage/young adult girls aged 13-19 who are readers, writers, and dancers and want to get deeper into the characters they create: whether on paper, on the stage, or just in their minds. 

Teacher Bio: Jacqueline Hesse has an M.F.A. from Hamline University in children's and young adult literature. Her articles on craft have appeared in The Writer magazine, The Society For Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI) Bulletin, The Storyteller's Inkpot and others. She has led masters level writing workshops at Hamline and writes ghost stories for Lerner/ Darby Creek. Her middle grade and young adult novels are represented by Pippin in NY. She worked as a reading, writing, and literature tutor for Minneapolis public schools and taught English as an adjunct professor at Normandale Community College. This class is the fourth class she will have taught at the Celtic Junction.