Julia provides in-person workshops on Vancouver Island and in BC’s Lower Mainland. She has a B.A. in Child and Youth Care and has been facilitating workshops and classes with children, teens, and adults since 2002. As a teacher, she champions the principles of play, wonder, discovery, and imagination, and she uses those same principles in her workshops: playing with character, wondering about plot, discovering secrets, and imagining possibilities.

2019 Workshop Info

Age Range: 8-14

Length: 45-60 minutes

Capacity: 30 students

Cost: $250 per workshop (20-minute virtual Q&A sessions are always free)

Available in-person or via Skype/FaceTime


To celebrate the release of The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane, all school visits are free for the months of February and March, 2019!

Plot Stars:

How to find an idea and actually do something with it

Using brainstorming, questioning, and exploration, this workshop digs deep into five key elements of story: character, plot, setting, theme, and conflict.

Mystery Makers:

How to use story structure to keep your reader guessing

This workshop explores how to use plot points, outlining, and narrative structure to create stories that are filled with twists and turns while still being driven by character.

Show and Tell:

Using narrative techniques to bring your story to life

Creating a story is one thing, but telling it effectively is another. We’ll explore how narrative techniques like voice, point of view, description, and dialogue can revolutionize the way a story is told.