Julie MacLusky - author and creative writing tutor.

Julie MacLusky is a writer whose work has encompassed screenwriting, short fiction, non­fiction and journalism. In her non-fiction work, Julie has been published by Continuum (Is there life after Film School) 2004, 2006; McGraw-Hill/OU (Creative Writing for Primary Schools, Delight, Entice Inspire) and the National Trust (Greyfriars in Worcester, Croft Castle in Herefordshire).

To support the National Trust in its mission to better engage visitors in the stories of both properties, Julie developed additional material, including writing prompts. This work has been expanded to include materials for other National Trust properties, and for cultural and arts organisations, including the Ledbury Poetry Festival. 

This work was then developed as research into ways to engage disaffected populations with our shared cultural heritage, and Julie presented papers at the University of Worcester Learning and Teaching Conference (July 2017); The Inclusive Museum tenth international conference, (September 2017), and the National Association of Writers in Education, (November 2017). 

In her fiction writing, Julie has recently completed the revision of a crime novel, The Bodies in the Well, which was longlisted for the Mslexia Magazine First Novel Award. She has also written a children’s picture book, ‘Too Many Parties’. Her short stories have been published in collections (The Women’s Press, Mammoth Anthologies). 

Julie originally trained as a broadcast journalist with the BBC, where her duties included documentary and rolling news production. She wrote and edited over 900 broadcast features and recorded input from around the world; amongst many other things, she covered both the Gulf War and the death of Princess Diana. 

A Rotary Foundation Fellowship enabled Julie to move to California, where she studied for a Masters in Professional Writing at the University of Southern California. Whilst studying, her script ‘The Date’ was given a staged reading by actor David Schwimmer (Friends) and she was recruited by director, Louise Hogarth (The Gift, The Panama Deception) as a writer for an independent documentary, ‘Mark Twain’s Forgotten Journey: The Nicaragua Route.’ After publishing short stories and writing scripts both on commission and on spec, she was recruited to assist in setting up the Writing Division at the University’s prestigious School of Cinematic Arts. 

At the School, Julie was responsible for a speaker series that attracted Hollywood film industry professionals including directors Robert Zemeckis, Peter Weir and Oliver Stone, and actors including Samuel L Jackson and Tom Hanks. The student questions to guest speakers inspired Julie to write and her book ‘Is there life after film school?’ (Continuum, 2004, 2006), which provides aspirant filmmakers with guidance on how to achieve success in this most competitive field.

After stints at the Dodge School of Cinematic Arts at Chapman University and the University of Bangor, Julie was asked to set up and run the BA in Creative & Professional Writing at the University Worcester in 2007. 

Whilst at the University of Worcester, Julie delivered seminars in creative writing for students and educators across the region’s primary and secondary education sectors. These seminars, developed with an Education specialist, Dr Robyn Cox, led to publication of a book, ‘Teaching Creative Writing in the Primary School: Delight, Entice, Inspire!’ (McGraw-Hill/OU, 2011) designed to transform the way that creative writing is taught in primary schools, by harnessing the narrative tools of screenwriting. The book also seeks to enable teachers to meet government demands that creativity be reincorporated into the National Curriculum. 

Julie recently left the University of Worcester to enable her to concentrate full-time upon the development of her own writing projects.