Julie Patterson is 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 an adjunct instructor of English at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
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 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.
As a former teaching artist for organizations including Arts for Learning Indiana (formerly Young Audiences of Indiana) and the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Julie has led a variety of workshops and multi-visit residencies in schools, libraries, and juvenile detention centers.
Julie is also an experienced marketing and development professional and remains active in those fields as a freelance content writer and consultant. Learn more