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Write About Asia: 2021 Freeman Award Winners

Write About Asia: 2021 Freeman Award Winners (online)

The National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA), the Committee on Teaching about Asia (CTA) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), and Asia for Educators (AFE) at Columbia University sponsor the annual Freeman Book Awards for new young adult and children’s literature.  The awards recognize quality books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of East and Southeast Asia.
Teachers will study and write about the 2021 Freeman Award books for children and young adults during this writer’s workshop.  All participants will read one or more 2021 Freeman Award Winners, write about the texts and share their writing with each other in breakout rooms.

Program details

This workshop is open to K-12 teachers of all grades and subjects and spans multiple online sessions.  The first session introduces the 2021 Freeman Award Winners and is mandatory for all participants. The remaining sessions focus on individual titles; participants must select at least one and up to five titles below.  All participants will need to have completed their reading and writing prior to each session using one of several writing prompts which will be emailed beforehand.  Then everyone will share their writing with each other in a breakout room using the writer’s workshop protocol.  Participants will receive clock hours for each session attended.

Workshop facilitators

Lyn Jackson was an English and Japanese Language teacher for 35 years and enjoys working with teachers of all subjects and grade levels.  Although she taught mostly high school students, she has experience working with middle and elementary students as well.  Thanks to EARC, she has participated in countless experiences relating to Asia and Asian culture.

Nora Douglass has taught writing and drama to students of all ages, from third grade to senior adults.  She received her MFA in playwriting from the University of Washington School of Drama.   In addition to winning three Kennedy Center ACTF Awards, including the National David Library Award for best play about the American Experience, she placed first in the Drury College One Act Play Competition and received a fellowship at the Shenandoah International Playwrights Retreat.  She has also served as Artist-in-Residence at three colleges.  As a middle and high school teacher, Nora participated in many EARC workshops and seminars including an NCTA study tour to Japan.  She has honed her own writing skills through ten years of Write About Asia with Mary Roberts.  More about Nora’s playwriting can be found at

Mary Roberts is a teacher seminar leader for K-12 inservice and pre-service teachers.  She has held a number of educational positions including school district curriculum director, curriculum specialist, elementary librarian, high school English teacher and professional writer for an on-line curriculum service.  Since 1999, she has taught East Asian seminars on history, culture and literature for the East Asia Resource Center.  Additionally she has co-led study tours to East Asia for K-12 teachers through the EARC.  She minored in International Studies at the University of Washington and later became re-engaged with China, Japan and Korea during a three year institute on East Asia from 1988-1990.  She regularly facilitates Write About Asia and seminars on East Asian literature for 3-12 Classrooms.


All sessions will be held online from 3:00PM to 4:30PM PDT on the following Wednesdays from July 13 to August 17.

All participants need to attend July 13, 2022: Introduction to the 2021 Freeman Award Winners

Participants can then choose one or more of the sessions below.  Click on each title below to view a GoodReads profile.


Freeman Award winner book(s) for the session(s) you select

WA OSPI clock hours


All sessions will be held on Zoom.  Teachers will need to confirm they can attend the first session on July 13th in order to participate. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis and will close on June 10th or when it becomes full.  To register, click on this link.

This program is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

East Asia Resource Center

Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Box 353650
Seattle WA, 98195-3650