About Julie

Julie CollinsI knew from the moment I received my first writing assignment for Drake Magazine (as a first-year student at Drake University) that magazine writing was my calling. But my passion for putting pen to paper (or, as is the case most days, finger to keyboard) began long before that.

I grew up in a place rich with possibilities for the imagination. In northeastern Wyoming, in the sacred Black Hills, just past the shadow of Devils Tower. That childhood playground provided the fuel for the stories I began writing in first grade and later for the articles I wrote for the county newspaper. Then, once I reached college, there was no looking back—I immersed myself in magazine writing almost from day one, first for Drake Magazine and later as an intern for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, an apprentice at Better Homes & Gardens, and an ASME intern at National Geographic Traveler.

After graduating from Drake, I worked for a growing custom publishing company—first as an associate editor, then as managing editor—for four years, while simultaneously juggling a busy freelance writing and editing career. Now, I'm a full-time freelance writer and editor. I work with words day in and day out—who could ask for anything more?

When I’m not writing, editing, or blogging (at JulieTries.com and JulieTriesWriting.com), I teach English and publishing classes at Millikin University in Decatur, IL.

And in my spare time? (Yes, I do have some!) You might find me spending quality time with my son and husband, taking long walks with my dog Butter, practicing yoga, gardening, cooking, reading, riding my bicycle, golfing, listening to NPR, and just generally trying to live a happy, balanced life.