Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Laura Julier
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Laura Julier

Associate Professor

Graduate Faculty

Office: 289 Bessey Hall

Email: julier@msu.edu

Research Areas

Literary/creative nonfiction, editing and publishing, community service learning


Laura Julier currently edits Fourth Genre: Explorations in Nonfiction, an award-winning literary journal. She teaches courses in editing and publishing, grammar and style, environmental and place-based writing, and nonfiction.

Until this semester, she served as associate chair and director of the undergraduate major in Professional Writing. She was previously associate director of the Writing Center at MSU, where she worked extensively in professional development with faculty, consulting across campus on the teaching of writing. She directed the Faculty Writing Project for five years. Her publications include articles on service-learning and community-engaged pedagogies, on the narrative performance of the Clothesline Project, and on the rhetoric of gendered online voices. Her most recent work has been focused on innovations in and publishing of creative nonfiction.

She has been the recipient of a Michigan Campus Compact Community Service Learning Award/Outstanding Faculty award, and was a Lilly Endowment Teaching Fellow.


Ph.D., University of Iowa

Representative Work

Editor, Fourth Genre

“Revising Nonfiction: Surprise, Reflection, and Telling the Truth,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Los Angeles, 2016.

“Beyond the Gild: Lyric Imperatives in the Personal Essay,” Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, Seattle, 2014.

“Community Engagement Pedagogy.” With Kathleen Livingston and Eli Goldblatt. Guide to Composition Pedagogies 2nd ed. Eds. Amy Rupiper Taggart, Kurt Schick, Brooke Hessler. Oxford University Press. 2014. 55–93.

“Profile of Professional Writing at Michigan State University.” With D. DeVoss. Programmatic Perspectives 1 (March 2009): 71–87.

“The Bird Lady” (creative nonfiction). The MacGuffin 22 (Spring/Summer 2006): 138-144.

“Lines of Story, Lines of Descent” (creative nonfiction). Gulf Stream No. 19, Fall 2003. 77-86.

“Voices from the Line: The Clothesline Project as Healing Text.” Writing and Healing: Towards an Informed Practice. Eds. Charles M. Anderson and Marian MacCurdy. Urbana, IL. NCTE Press, 2000. 357-84.

Selected Courses Taught

WRA 480 & 481 Publication Management I & II
WRA 370 Intro to Grammar and Editing
WRA 455 Portfolio Seminar
WRA 341 Nature and Environmental Writing