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.

A farewell to Frida… for now

The exhibit "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life" opened at The New York Botanical Garden on May 16, 2015. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
The exhibit “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” opened at The New York Botanical Garden on May 16, 2015. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)

Though I have one more assignment to file related to Frida Kahlo— a 1,200 word feature for an in-flight magazine about Frida’s Mexico City– with this weekend’s opening of “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life,” an exhibit whose development I’ve been following for nearly a year, I feel like I’m beginning to say a slow good-bye to someone who has been my constant companion for a long while.

There was a piece for Bio.com about Frida’s and Diego’s America; a longform piece for Contributoria about Frida’s enduring appeal; an article for FOX News Latino about the Frida-Diego show at the Detroit Institute of Arts; and two pieces for Remezcla, one about Frida’s love letters to José Bartolí and another about how Frida’s image gets used in fashion and other product placement.

While working on these assignments, I reread work by and about Kahlo and found several texts I’d somehow missed in my nearly two decade long interest in Kahlo, among them Frida’s Fiestas and Self-Portrait in a Velvet Dress. I thought it wasn’t possible to learn more about her.

I was wrong.

Spending so much time with one subject, albeit one who is no longer living, and to have so many assignments about her has been gratifying, a writer’s dream, really. I feel like I’m at the end of this run, though, and will soon be saying a temporary farewell to move on to other projects.

A re-creation of Kahlo's studio from Casa Azul in the exhibit at New York Botanical Garden. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)
A re-creation of Kahlo’s studio from Casa Azul in the exhibit at New York Botanical Garden. (Photo: Francisco Collazo)

Action Item: Remembering #BringBackOurGirls

Monday’s going to be a busy day for protests and remembrances in NYC.

In addition to the action mentioned below, there’s also a MoMA-organized protest in Times Square for the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, which I’ll be covering.
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This came into my inbox as a press release and I’m sharing it in full here [typos preserved]:

NYC CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS TO MARK 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF BOKO HARAM KIDNAPPING OF 270 NIGERIAN SCHOOLGIRLS
Empire State Building will be lit in purple and red to commemorate kidnapping’s 1-year mark.

NEW YORK, NY – On April 13 at 11:00am Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Ambassador of Surinam to the UN Henry MacDonald, Minister of Counter Terrorism of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Lawal Mohammed Hamidu, City Councilmember Ben Kallos (District 5), Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright (76AD), human rights leaders and activists, a group of High School students, members of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development, and the #BringBackOurGirls advocacy organization will gather at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the kidnapping of more than 270 girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram. Although some of the girls managed to escape captivity, roughly 230 of them are still missing. Maloney will also announce that the Empire State building will be lit in purple and red on April 14th in recognition of the need to locate the girls and return them to their families.

Maloney and advocates will call for a vigorous international effort to find the girls, along with a full investigation to determine if some of the girls may have been among those murdered last month by fleeing Boko Haram soldiers.

As a gesture of solidarity with the Chibok Girls, the High School students in attendance will tie 223 ribbons around trees and railings. One ribbon for each of the girls still missing.

What
#BringBackOurGirls Press Conference

When
April 13, 2015 @11:00am

Where
Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
47th Street between 1st Avenue and 2nd Avenue