Welcome

roadsignIf you’re interested in Climate Fiction, pull up a chair!

I’m an enthusiastic writer and reader of Climate Fiction —  literature that engages climate science in a meaningful way. Some of my favorites include Flight Behavior, Clade, American War, The Water Knife, and Heart Spring Mountain. I’m particularly interested in literary Cli-Fi that takes on themes of race, class, gender, identity, immigration, and/or global politics, as well as climate themes. I don’t need to be hit over the head with dogma. Just give me a good story that leaves me with something to think about. And, of course, I appreciate a well-crafted sentence.

I’m a Massachusetts-based fiction writer, journalist, and farmer. I wrote my first novel,IMG_8296 FOUR DEGREES (sneak peek here), a literary climate thriller, in GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, a year-long, MFA-level novel intensive. I have a Master’s in Creative Writing and Literature from Harvard University Extension School, and my short fiction has appeared in The MacGuffin, The Charles River Review, and the anthology Turning Points: Stories of Choice and Change. I’ve been the recipient of several literary awards, including the 2017 William Faulkner Literary Award. I’m represented by Stacy Testa at Writers House.

I have published articles in BusinessWeek, Inc. Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Hollywood Reporter, Baby Talk and other publications, and I blog for The Writer Unboxed and DeadDarlings writers’ blogs. I also own and operate a small farm. When I’m not reading or writing, you can probably find me chasing my four kids, kayaking, or digging in the dirt.

Are you a fan of Cli-Fi? What are you reading and/or writing? I’d love to hear from you!

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Featured Art:

The Mountain Pine Bark Beetle

BarkBeetleThe mountain pine bark beetle plays a starring role in my novel FOUR DEGREES. This original print was created by Aubrey Pongluelert, an artist, farmer, and environmental science grad student at U of Montana, who graciously allowed me to share it. beetleNotice the overlay of the map and beetle-infested footprint that creates texture on the beetle. I love this image.

Thanks, Aubrey!

 

2 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. Hi Julie,

    I came across your webpage after reading your blog review of Scribophile, which I have just joined. I found your review very helpful. I’m writing to ask how you liked your Creative Writing Master’s degree experience at Harvard’s Extension School, and I hope you don’t mind. I grew up in Mass, but I live in Missississippi now (we have a small hobby farm on 20 acres) and I’m trying to become a published fiction author. We live in a rural area and my job prevents me from doing anything but online school at the moment. Did you find Harvard’s program helpful and worthwhile? I was looking at it to improve my skills/credentials and I think I might like to teach one day too, although I hear teaching jobs for folks with Creative Writing degrees have ridiculously steep competition.

    Your novel FOUR DEGREES looks very interesting, when is it due to be published for sale?

    Thanks and happy writing and farming!

    1. Thanks for your note. It’s great to meet another writer/farmer. I loved my program at Harvard because it was so flexible. It took me four years to complete. I had two kids when I started — and four when I graduated. I also participated in GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator, which transformed me as a writer. Since you are looking for an online program, you might consider Ann Garvin’s 5th Semester or other low-residency programs. Shameless self-promotion here, but I recently wrote an article about novel-writing intensives which you might find helpful. (https://writerunboxed.com/2019/03/20/novel-writing-intensives-an-alternative-to-the-ma/).
      I don’t know much about the market for teaching creative writing, so I’m afraid I don’t have any advice for you on that topic.
      And, lastly, THANK YOU for your interest in my books! I just recently sold Four Degrees and a second novel called The Last Beekeeper to Forge (Macmillan) for publication in 2021 and 2022. I hope you will keep you keep an eye out for them.
      Good luck with your writing.
      Cheers!
      Julie

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