Join the movement to put STORY back in History!

Immerse your students in History, while developing life-long research and creative writing skills.

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#HistoryHero BLAST is an interdisciplinary project-based History-slash-creative-writing mash-up facilitated by award-winning teacher and storyteller, Sarah Towle, that celebrates diversity and inclusion. It is capturing the imaginations of schools and students worldwide. Sarah has cracked the code to getting teens and tweens hyped up about History: She takes them there — through storytelling.

Their storytelling.

Sarah starts by engaging young people in hands-on research about a figure of interest to them: someone who has already made a contribution to humanity or is making positive change right now; someone they find inspirational.

She then guides them through the creative writing process to bring the story of their History Heroes to life in uplifting BLASTs of creative non-fiction that put STORY back in History and make historical exploration fun.


Sarah’s mission is to make History a BLAST so that no young person says, “History is boring,” ever again.

A Full* Program Series Includes:

  1. A free online meeting with Sarah to introduce you, and any colleagues, to the program mission and goals and to brainstorm how to tailor workshops to best meet the needs of your students and school.

  2. A series of five workshops with Sarah—on location or online—that guide students in choosing and researching a #HistoryHero, then harnessing their knowledge to draft, revise, edit, submit, and publish their creative nonfiction story BLASTs.

  3. A souvenir eBook compiling and celebrating all class or school #HistoryHero BLASTs so that the work of one becomes the mastery of many.

*Partial and customized programs are also available.


Your students' creations might even be selected for publication on the #HistoryHero BLAST blog — the perfect addition to any College or University application — just sayin!

Let’s Make History Together! Let’s Make History a BLAST!

It’s ‘Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls’ but for — and by — secondary school-aged students. Brilliant!
— Julie Gribble, founder, KidLit TV

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#HistoryHero BLAST is the brainchild of award-winning educator and storyteller, Sarah Towle (M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University). Sarah is also the creator of Time Traveler Tours: interactive story-based history apps and guides for cities and cultural institutions.With the History Hero BLAST, Sarah puts STORY back in History, bringing a fictional flair to factual tales of inspirational figures from around the world and throughout time.

A blog and future podcast, Sarah welcomes the participation of published and aspiring authors, including young writers. From nominating your #HistoryHero to contributing a blog post to being the expert interviewed on the podcast, the #HistoryHero BLAST highlights that history is being made all around us, sometimes even by us, every day — that it’s not just for textbooks, a thing of dust and cobwebs.

Sarah ensures that all BLASTs are fact-checked and verified, making the #HistoryHero BLAST program and website the perfect companion for English, humanities, social studies, and history course curricula for secondary schools, undergraduate, and home-schoolers institutions, alike.

Let’s #MakeHistoryTogether!

For more information, contact Sarah: