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Julie Patterson

About the artist

Julie Patterson began writing at age nine, sneaking out of bed at night to hide in the closet and write by flashlight. Back then she wrote fiction and poetry, but as an adult she mostly publishes nonfiction. Her work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and literary journals—and even on the radio. Julie has taught writing for more than seventeen years, working as a visiting artist in Boston and Indianapolis. She also teaches college students, teachers, and other adults who want to write.

When Julie isn’t writing or teaching, you may find her snapping photographs while hiking in the woods, or reading on the porch at her family’s lake cabin. She has a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts in cognitive psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Julie lives in Indianapolis with her husband, two young children, a black Lab, two cats, and roughly 150,000 honeybees.

Programs

Sitting Still Like a Poet: Mindfulness as an Invitation to Write

Residency

Workshop

Each of us is surrounded by tens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of stories every day. But most of us don’t notice, because our minds are busy with an equal number of distractions.

Julie will help you quiet your minds and pay attention to the “story worthy” material around you by weaving mindfulness practice with writing strategies. Learn how to look closely, visualize, and record your observations.

 

This program meets standards in Communication Creative Writing Critical Thinking Health & Wellness Language Arts Poetry Reading
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75

The Writerly Life

Residency

Workshop

What’s it like to be a writer? Where do you get ideas? How do you turn ideas into texts that readers want to read? Peek inside Julie’s writing notebooks and discover what it’s like to live a writerly life. You’ll practice some of Julie’s favorite strategies for generating and developing ideas as you think about living a writerly life of your own.

 

This program meets standards in Creative Writing Critical Thinking Language Arts Listening & Speaking Reading
  • Grades: K-23-56-89-12
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30
Single: $85 Multiple: $75 Materials:

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