Teaching

Since 2006, I have led writing workshops in a variety of academic and community settings including Hamline University’s MFA Creative Writing Program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, Chatham University’s MFA program and the Loft Literary Center. As a teaching artist, I have worked on a number of collaborative projects related to place-making and the environment. Recent projects include work with the Buzz Lab at the Plain Arts Museum and with The Gymnasium's Tink Tank, creating artistic and educational strategies to support local bee pollinators. I have also worked on community-based art projects with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Whittier International School, United Cambodian Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, and Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center. I currently serve on the faculty at St. Olaf College, where I teach various courses in creative writing, composition and literature. My scholarly and creative interests include environmental studies, queer theory and literature, ecopoetics, auto theory and human geography.


Editing & Manuscript Critique Services

I work one-on-one with poetry and nonfiction writers as coach and editor. Manuscript reviews are tailored to poets and writers who are looking for intensive feedback and editorial comments toward publication, or are committed to working in a one-on-one mentoring relationship designed to deepen your own relationship to craft. Mentoring and consultation packages are individually tailored; prices will vary according to the length of the project. Please contact me to directly for more information.

Juliet Patterson is obviously a gifted writer. She's also a top notch pro at *teaching* writing. And, crucially, she possesses a rare skill: making the environment she teaches us in challenging yet "safe". A real synergy, borne of an esprit de corps Juliet fosters, develops in the classroom so that your creativity is unchecked by anything negative. She can read a room, tailoring her instruction to an individual's ability while still challenging the rest of the class (or vice versa.)

Patterson exudes curiosity, humor, a sense of adventure, and when presenting complex ideas, does with a light touch. But what continued to surprise and engage me was her ability to help students engage with the material, no matter what level of reading and/or writing experience they had.

I have consulted with Juliet Patterson for several years. In our work, Juliet unearths layers of meaning, thus opening possibilities for bringing latent thoughts into the work. She looks for meaning in the spaces between words and hears music not yet composed. She is generous with her knowledge of skills necessary to put these intentions in their best form and sensitive yet forthright in her assessments.  I have loved working with Juliet on both poetry and prose projects.

The best poetry instructor I’ve ever had! Juliet has a lot of energy and is encouraging of all our voices. She taught us a lot of poetic history and craft which was extremely useful. Our conference was so helpful and thorough and gave me a specific road map of my poetry writing.

Juliet helped me to see and better understand my habits as a writer so I could make stronger choices in revision. Her close reading and generous guidance were instrumental in putting together my manuscript. Juliet understands many different processes and how to best serve the individual work. Working with her was a pleasure and the clarity of her insights gave me new tools to use in all my writing.