Red Kimono : Free Writing Workshop


On the fence? Hemming and hawing? Find inspiration to write your family's story here!

Join author Jan Morrill and the Chicago Japanese American Historical Society (CJAHS) in a special writing workshop that focuses on transforming family history into an exciting, unique story. Using her own essay collection, “Doll in the Red Kimono” as a guideline, Morrill will reflect upon her own methodology and personal milestones to demonstrate an effective method of compiling family memories into a narrative that is both cohesive and powerful.

“Wearing the Red Kimono” Writing Workshop --- Featuring: Jan Morrill, Author

Thursday, Aug. 28th, 12-1:30pm

Harold Washington Library, Video Theater, Lower Level, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60605

Jan Morrill is Sansei, born and (mostly) raised in California. Her mother, a Buddhist Japanese American, was an internee at Tule Lake and Topaz during World War II. Her father, a Southern Baptist redhead of Irish descent, retired from the Air Force. Her novel, The Red Kimono, (University of Arkansas Press, 2013), as well as many of her short stories, reflect memories of growing up in a multi- cultural, multi-religious and multi-political environment. For more information about the author, please visit her website at, or her blog at or


This event is free, walk-ins welcome, but space is limited.

ONLY 9 DAYS LEFT to reserve your seat via:

PayPal or call (312) 263-3049

Copies of her novel, “The Red Kimono” is available for pre-order purchase for $23. Limited number of books available the day of the event.