Last summer, I attended the 2014 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. This fall, I was grateful to receive an Otis Faculty Development Grant reimbursing me for the monies I paid for Bread Loaf.
For the last six years, I had been working on my first book, a historical novel, Midwife Shin, which takes place in 1930's and 1940's Korea when it was occupied by Japan. It is a story of one poor, powerless Korean girl, navigating a country going from a patriarchal, feudal society to a modern world, strongly influenced by the West. She becomes a nurse and a midwife, empowered by education and her work. Like the novels of old, it uses an omniscient 3rd person point of view.
--Sung Ju Ahn
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