2016 Class Schedule

If you’re interested in taking a class with me, I’m teaching the following courses online at Writers.com this year:

Pitch Like a Honey Badger:
Courses are four weeks long.
Sessions begin on May 4, July 6, and October 5.

The Nuts & Bolts of the Freelancing Lifestyle:
Courses are four weeks long.
The next session begins on June 1.

Creative Nonfiction:
Courses are eight weeks long.
The next course begins September 7.

For more information, or to register, visit my instructor page on Writers.com.

If you’re flying on Virgin Australia or Korean Air this month, find me in your seat-back pocket…

My feature on Mérida, Mexico, is in this month's issue of Voyeur, the in-flight magazine of Virgin Australia.
My feature on Mérida, Mexico, is in this month’s issue of Voyeur, the in-flight magazine of Virgin Australia.

and

My piece, "Beyond Havana" is in the March issue of Korean Air's magazine, Morning Calm.
My piece, “Beyond Havana”, is in the March issue of Korean Air’s magazine, Morning Calm.

Take a Class with Me in 2016

I’m pleased to announce that I am now an instructor at Writers.com, and I have two classes coming up:

Pitch Like a Honey Badger

and

The Nuts and Bolts of the Freelancing Lifestyle.

Pitch Like a Honey Badger” is intended for freelancers who want to improve their pitching skills and, by extension, their rate of acceptance and number of assignments. The class starts January 20 and is asynchronous, meaning there’s no set meeting time; you can work through it at your own pace.

In “The Nuts & Bolts of the Freelancing Lifestyle,” I’ll be teaching something almost no other writing course teaches: the finances of freelance writing. This course is designed to help you define what financial success looks like for you as a freelancer and to assist you with developing a concrete, practical plan for achieving it. It starts March 9 and is also asynchronous.

If you’ve ever worked with me before, you know that I’m very hands-on with students and colleagues, offering honest, useful feedback and support that’s rooted in the values of transparency and giving.

I hope you’ll consider registering for one (or both!) of these classes. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at writingjulie [AT] gmail [dot] com.

Book Tour: Pope Francis in His Own Words

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Yes, yes, I know: Pope Francis in His Own Words was published two years ago.

So why am I starting a book tour of sorts right now?

Well, as you’re probably aware, Pope Francis will be visiting Cuba and the United States next month, and it seems like a prime time to reintroduce the book to English- and Spanish-speaking audiences (did you know the book has been translated into about 15 languages?). Plus, I received a few lovely invitations to do so, and I couldn’t turn them down.

If you’re in one of the cities below, I hope you’ll spread the word and join me at one (or more!) of these events:

Decatur Book Festival: Decatur, Georgia, USA
I’m grateful to my alma mater, Emory University, for inviting me to participate in this beloved book festival. I’ll be signing books in the Emory tent from 3-4 pm on Saturday, September 5. I’ll have a very limited number of foreign language editions of the book as well.

Brooklyn Book Festival, Bookend Event Series: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Before I head out of the country to cover Pope Francis’s visit in Cuba, I’ll be talking about the book and signing copies as part of the Brooklyn Book Festival. My generous host is the delightful Hullabaloo Books, and I couldn’t think of a better bookstore to have a conversation about Pope Francis. This is an Official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend Event. I’ll have a very limited number of foreign language editions of the book as well.

This event will take place at 8 pm on Tuesday, September 15.

Cuba Libro Bookstore: Havana, Cuba
I’m so excited that I’ll have the chance to talk about the book the day before Pope Francis will be giving his mass at Plaza de la Revolución in Havana.

This event will take place at 5 pm on Saturday, September 19.

NEW: Our US publisher, New World Library, is offering a 50% discount off online orders of Pope Francis in His Own Words throughout September. Buy the book through their site using the discount code “pope” (no quotes, not case-sensitive) and you’ll get the book at half-price. Buy the book here.

Would you like to add Pope Francis in His Own Words to your bookshelf or inventory? Need a speaker or expert to interview about the Pope? Get in touch by emailing me: writingjulie[at]gmail[dot]com!

Flag burners and protesters clash at Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn

Photos: Francisco Collazo
[Please do not use these photos without permission. To purchase rights, contact Francisco Collazo: fracollaz[at]gmail[dot]com
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Yesterday, flag burners and people protesting their actions confronted each other at Ft. Greene Park in Brooklyn. You can read more about the confrontation in this article at DNAInfo.com. The photos below were taken by Francisco Collazo and are used with his permission.

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Protesters showed up in clothing bearing images of the American flag. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Protesters showed up in clothing bearing images of the American flag. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)

"Pro-America" protesters, as they dubbed themselves, included bikers and service members. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
“Pro-America” protesters, as they dubbed themselves, included bikers and service members. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)

As is often the case, this protest attracted attendees supporting numerous other causes and opinions. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
As is often the case, this protest attracted attendees supporting numerous other causes and opinions. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Bikers from a club called Hallowed Sons were on the scene. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Bikers from a club called Hallowed Sons were on the scene. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
As the ardent protesters clashed, others moved to the site. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
As the ardent protesters clashed, others moved to the site. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Flag burners had a small barbecue grill they used to light one flag on fire. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Flag burners had a small barbecue grill they used to light one flag on fire. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
One man brought a supersized water gun to douse any fires. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
One man brought a supersized water gun to douse any fires. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Protesters celebrated the disruption of the flag burning. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Protesters celebrated the disruption of the flag burning. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Police stood by, some with video cameras. DNAinfo reported that no arrests were made. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
Police stood by, some with video cameras. DNAinfo reported that no arrests were made. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
A participant holds a large American flag. Note new World Trade Center building in background. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
A participant holds a large American flag. Note new World Trade Center building in background. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)