JULIANNA E. THIBODEAUX
jethibodeaux (@) gmail (dot) com
Experienced, self-directed, and award-winning Writer and Editor with a proven track record of delivering insightful, relevant, and effective writing and editing while meeting project delivery, accuracy, and client satisfaction metrics. Demonstrated proficiency in:
Developmental and Copy Editing
Slating and Assigning Articles
Research & Interviewing
Freelance Writer, Editor, and Writing Instructor
Marblehead, MA (Indianapolis, IN until 2014)
- Write and deliver on-time stories, reviews, and articles published in multiple magazines, journals, newsletters, and books (ongoing). Selected publications: Big Red & Shiny, NUVO Newsweekly, Indiana Living Green, Indianapolis Monthly, Native Peoples, Literary Mama, Encyclopedia of Mothering.
- Published work includes journalism, criticism, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
- Provide guidance, substantive editing, and coaching to writers, resulting in more confident writers inspired to meet their creative potential and goals (ongoing).
- Design, develop, and teach writing courses, consistently meeting student satisfaction and retention metrics (ongoing). Current courses: Writing Women, Memoir, and Creative Nonfiction taught independently and at local venues such as the JCC of the North Shore and the Lynch-Van Otterloo YMCA. Founded Marblehead Writers’ Workshop offering classes to local writers.
- Senior Writer and Chief Art Critic for NUVO Newsweekly, Indianapolis, IN (until relocation to the Boston area in 2014). Researched diverse topics and interviewed sources in order to produce in-depth reportage and feature stories on the arts, culture, religion, spirituality, psychology, sustainability, and human rights. Wrote weekly art reviews for more than 10 years.
Indiana Writers Center, Indianapolis, IN
Nonfiction Editor (freelance) 2013-Present
Program Manager 2010-2014
- Edit and publish the work of emerging and established writers as Creative Nonfiction Editor of Flying Island online literary magazine (ongoing).
- Designed and taught classroom and online classes for adults and children (The Mother’s Room, Exploring Creative Nonfiction, Creative Nonfiction for Women, and other memoir and nonfiction workshops for adults and youth; core faculty member of Build a Rainbow summer writing institute for underprivileged youth), achieving consistently high marks for student satisfaction and retention.
- Partnered with instructors and prospective students to assess needs in order to develop yearly roster of classes and coordinated annual Gathering of Writers conference resulting in 30 percent increase in attendance as well as high scores for student satisfaction and retention.
Arts Indiana, Indianapolis, IN 1997-2002
Editor-in-Chief (under former surname McQuiston)
- Developed themed issues that promoted cultural dialogue throughout the state and beyond.
- Assigned stories and led a team of writers, designers, copy editors, and printers.
- Collaborated with educational specialists, curriculum designers, and community partners to produce the award-winning “Arts Indiana in the Classroom” program that successfully engaged students across the state and inspired greater appreciation of the arts.
Program Manager – Spirit & Place Civic Festival, Indianapolis
Adjunct Journalism Instructor – Butler University, Indianapolis, IN
Adjunct Journalism Instructor – Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Marketing & Public Relations Manager – Arts Indiana, Inc.
Director of Development & Public Relations – Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Gallery Assistant – Pasquale Iannetti Art Gallery, Inc., San Francisco, CA
MFA, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT
BA, Journalism (psychology minor), Indiana University-Bloomington, IN
Non-degree graduate studies in art history, creative writing, and English literature, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI), IN
GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, & AWARDS
- Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train, Oct. 2015 Very Short Fiction Contest, for the story The Company We Keep
- Project Grant, “To Write a Life” Seniors Memoir Workshop, Marblehead Cultural Council, 2015-2016
- Society of Professional Journalists, “Best in Indiana” awards: First place, lifestyle feature, “Growing the Local Food Movement,” 2011; first place, arts and entertainment feature, “IMA’s Art and Nature Park,” 2010; first place, consumer reporting, “From Farm to Fork: A Slow Food Journey,” 2010. Additional awards received in 2007 (lifestyle features) and 2003 (arts criticism).
- Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, 2011
- Creative Renewal Individual Artist Fellowship, Arts Council of Indianapolis, 2001-2002
CONTINUING EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Art of Revision with Julian Zabalbeascoa, Grub Street, Boston, February 2016
Community Fiction (juried), semester-long seminar with Dan Barden, Butler University, Indianapolis
Indiana University Writers’ Conference, weeklong fiction workshop with Achy Obejas, Bloomington
Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Advanced Poetry: What the Poem Wants, weeklong workshop with
Michael Dennis Browne (served as class chapbook editor: “Take it Out Back”)
Certification: Principles of Fundraising, IU Center on Philanthropy
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
American Copy Editors Society
Grub Street, Boston, MA
Marblehead Veterans Middle School Advisory Council (current)
Volunteer Writing Coach – The Village School, Marblehead, MA
Education Committee Member – Herron High School, college preparatory charter high school
Founder – Institute of Noetic Sciences Indianapolis Community Group
Past Board Member – Indiana Writers Center
Past President and Board Member – Women in Communications, Indianapolis Chapter
Past Board Member – Central Indiana Friends of Jung