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Sung Ju Ahn: 2016-17 Faculty Development Grant Report


I am grateful to receive the Spring 2017 Otis Faculty Development Grant, which will pay my tuition to the two UCLA Extension classes I took on advanced novel writing (Advanced Novel Revision Techniques, Summer 2016 and Novel Writing V: A Continuing Writer's Workshop, Spring 2017). I took these classes to learn the techniques I needed to finish my novel, Midwife Shin.

Midwife Shin is my debut historical novel set in Korea during World War II when it was occupied by the Empire of Japan. A penniless Korean widow with two small children goes against the patriarchal establishment, spurred by Western liberal ideals, and becomes the main breadwinner and matriarch by getting a nursing and midwifery education in a school run by the Imperial Japanese Army and the Red Cross Society.

--Sung Ju Ahn
Liberal Studies

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