I, Juan Armando Rojas Joo, am applying to the New Directions Initiative in order to pursue the professional and personal desire to write a historical novel, in English, about a Chinese immigrant arriving to the US/Mexico Border at the end of the XIX and beginning of the XX centuries. Consequently I want to explore and research the Mexican historical novel from a creative writers standing point of view – a genre currently outside of my area of expertise in Latin American poetry. This project requires time, research, taking a writing workshop program, travel in Mexico and writing and crosses over between two main themes/categories of the grant - broadening intellectual perspectives and stimulating innovation in pedagogy. Narrative is a genre in which I have always been very interested in pursuing and have limited academic preparation and consequently do not currently include it as much into my Spanish courses at Ohio Wesleyan University as I would like. That is why, with the support of the New Directions Initiative, I will be able to broaden my creative and intellectual perspectives by taking an intensive two-week narrative workshop program in Mexico during June 2013 and develop narrative writing skills. Also, by exploring the area and particular places where I want to set my story, I will be able to create a well- written novel in English and propose a Historical Novel upper level course at OWU, and a creative writing course.