Julia Smillie

Julia Smillie is a national award-winning freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in lit magazines, consumer and trade publications nationwide, including Necessary Fiction, 52nd City, Self, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Magazine, The Knot and many more. Her essay "Mother Anger" was anthologized in Spike Gillespie's book Pissed Off: On Women and Anger. She also wrote several titles in the Timesaver Books series, including Yoga in 30 Pages or Less, Stocks in 30 Pages or Less, Coffee in 30 Pages or Lessand eBay in 30 Pages or Less.

In addition, Julia has taught numerous writing workshops to both teens and adults, in fiction and non-fiction. She is available to facilitate private writing workshops as well as for one-on-one writing coaching. More information about her writing coaching services coming soon to this site.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Julia currently lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband, Christopher Carey, veteran investigative business reporter and editor of Sharesleuth.com.

She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Antioch University Los Angeles, which she followed with earning a Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing from the same school.  She is trying to wrangle her way through the maddening stages of finishing a novel. When not beating her head against the keyboard, Julia also dabbles in photography, reading, pie-making and some serious bath-taking.

 

Education

Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing, Antioch University, Los Angeles, June 2015

Master of Fine Arts in Create Writing, Antioch University, Los Angeles, December 2014

Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications with an Emphasis in Research & Analysis, Cum Laude, Webster University, St. Louis, May 1992

 

Awards

Blog "You Will Make a Change for the Better" named a BBC Blogworld Best International Blog, 2010

Best Online Colum (Ask Julia), National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Third Place, 2003

Best Online Column, National Society of Newspaper Columnists, Second Place, 2002

 

 

Representation

Julia is currently seeking representation for her fiction work. Please contact her at julia@readjuila.com.