My Story

I owe my attachment to writing to my writer-mother, who let me bang out stories on her manual typewriter. But a writer’s path is never smooth. I’ve fallen in and out of love with writing for decades. The worst was my undergraduate thesis; I didn’t know what I was doing nor who to ask for help. No wonder I found my life’s work providing one-on-one support to college writers, from their very first three page paper to their last 30 page one, because the more developed the thinking, the greater demands on the writing. Warren Wilson adds extra dimensions. Through the Work Program, I collaborate with a student crew, and through the Community Engagement Commitment, I collaborate with local partners like the Swannanoa Correctional Center, where our students study alongside women who are incarcerated. My mother got me started writing; these social connections keep me going.

Julie Wilson in the Writing Studio
Peal creative journal
Old Typewriter


  • B.A. in English, Oberlin College
  • M.A. in Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Ph.D. in Education - Program in Culture, Curriculum, and Change, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

  • Writing instruction and educational equity
  • Campus-community writing partnerships
  • Peer tutor education

Courses Taught

  • EDU 1050: Weekly Writing Sessions
  • EDU 2060: Theory and Practice of Tutoring Writing
  • EDU 2070: Teaching Writing in Communities

Crews and Other Activities

  • Supervisor of the Writing Studio Crew
  • Coordinate academic support for Partners in Education, which expands access to college coursework for incarcerated women
  • Support Asheville's immigrant community as an ally of Asheville's Nuestro Centro
  • Study pottery at Asheville's Village Potters

Contact Dr. Wilson

Pew Learning Center and Ellison Library- Writing Studio
WWC CPO 6114

PO Box 9000

Asheville, NC 28815-9000