About Julie Patterson

Julie Patterson

Trained in narrative nonfiction, Julie writes stories that explore and reveal why people do what they do. Grief and its impact on identity are recurrent themes in Julie’s work, shaped by the sudden death of her older brother as a young adult, and the equally unexpected death of her mother when Julie was a new mom herself. Her writing has appeared in Cleaning Up Glitter, Gravel, The Same, The Juggler, Marketing Computers, and on the “This I Believe” segment on WFYI-FM, the National Public Radio affiliate in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Julie has an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University and a BA in cognitive psychology from the University of Notre Dame. She previously served as co-editor of creative nonfiction for Mud Season Review, an international literary journal based in Burlington, Vermont.

Julie is an experienced marketing and development professional and remains active in those fields as a freelance content writer and consultant.

Recent clients include the North American Nature Photography Association, Jump IN for Healthy Kids, Indiana Association of Public Education Foundations, and Partnership for Inquiry Learning. Projects include website content, email marketing campaigns, printed collateral and publications, inbound marketing offers, social media marketing, and more. Learn more

Julie serves as writer-in-residence for the Partnership for Inquiry Learning at Butler University (formerly Indiana Partnership for Young Writers), helping make the work that writers do visible to teachers and students in grades pre-K-8.

She is also senior associate faculty in English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, teaching ENG W131: Reading, Writing, and Inquiry, and ENG W231: Professional Writing Skills.

A former teaching artist for organizations including Arts for Learning Indiana (formerly Young Audiences of Indiana) and the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Julie has also led a variety of workshops and multi-visit residencies in K-12 schools, libraries, summer camps, and juvenile detention centers.