Julia Lee Barclay-Morton, Ph.D., is an award-winning writer and theater director, with plays and prose published and produced internationally, primarily in NYC and London. She was inducted into the Indie Theater Hall of Fame in 2014. She founded and ran two non-profit theater companies: Monkey Wrench Theater (NYC), and Apocryphal Theatre (London). She was awarded a full fellowship to complete her practice-as-research Ph.D. in Performance Studies at University of Northampton (UK) in 2009 and earned a BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University (USA) in 1986. Many of her plays have been anthologized in print, and can also be found online at Indie Theater Now. She has recently completed a book about her grandmothers, The Amazing True Imaginary Autobiography of Dick & Jani, that was long-listed for the Mslexia Prize in the UK. She teaches writing as an adjunct professor at Fordham University in NYC. She blogs at Somewhere in Transition.
Julia can help writers from their initial concept through to publication and/or production (in the case of a play/performance). She has experience as a professor, mentor, and development editor, working with writers to develop unwritten or raw material. She has experience copyediting large and small projects. In addition to her academic and creative writing expertise, she worked for 12 years as a legal secretary in international trademark and intellectual property law, so is a scrupulous proofreader with understanding of legal and contractual terminology.
As a New Yorker who received a Ph.D. in the UK, Julia is sensitive to the differences between British and American English. (Having made every conceivable language/tonal mistake while living as an expat in the UK for eight years, she can save you the embarrassment of being misunderstood on either side of the Atlantic). She has travelled, worked, and studied in many parts of the world, so brings a global perspective to both content and context of material that is intended for an international audience, including web content. In her travels she has decoded multiple forms of English as a Second Language. In her teaching at universities in NYC and London, she has worked successfully with ESL students of all ages to improve their writing.
Below are categories in which I have professional experience and can provide expert, original writing:
- Articles (academic or popular)
- Blog posts (also social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
- Essays (literary or academic)
- Grant proposals
- Literary and Theater Criticism
- Plays/Performance Writing
- Professional (newsletters, reports, books)
- Prose (fiction, nonfiction, narrative, memoir - short to book-length)
- Research (original and/or summaries of your research materials)
Academic & Professional Writing: My focus when teaching professional and academic writing, whether in my classes at Fordham or to individual students, is clarity and focus. My experience allows me to work easily with students of any nationality. I have written many successful grant applications and non-profit business proposals, most recently a successful crowd-funding campaign for my own book. I can share strategies and help you develop your writing in all of these areas.
Creative Writing: My focus when teaching creative writing, either to my classes or individuals, is to help you discover and embrace your own voice, wherever that may lead you - in terms of form or content. Because I have experience working in most forms, I can give guidance in a range of genres. If you are a beginner, I will teach you craft basics. If you are more experienced, my focus is on helping you clarify your goals and strategies for your current project and/or offer exercises that invite you to break into new territory. As someone who started her professional writing career writing for the stage and has expanded into prose, I am attentive to both the challenges and sheer excitement of shifting genres.
Writing & Devising for Performance: As an award-winning playwright and director with many years experience running theater companies and workshops internationally, I can give you tools to create performances from scratch and/or help you develop a play-text. Depending on your needs, this guidance can include private and public readings of work in progress and/or time in the studio. I can also work as a writer with you (or your ensemble, if you are devising a piece from scratch), or you can commission original text from me.