Julie Russo

Julie Zeidner Russo is a writer and artist. Her articles have appeared in national newspapers and journals, and her paintings display at a Raleigh gallery. Ms. Russo holds a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor of arts from the George Washington University. She is a former writer for the National Undersea Research Program. Since 2005, she has conducted more than 200 residencies, workshops, and classes using her literary and visual art integrated lesson plans. Ms. Russo promotes natural and cultural resources on her website http://www.cityserene.com BOOK JULIE RUSSO


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

20th Century Literary Survey- F. Scott Fitzgerald and Wallace Stevens

F. Scott Fitzgerald and Wallace Stevens are considered amongst the best writers of the 20th century. Both the author and poet were profoundly influenced by the sensory imagery of their environments and their language is infused with detail. In this literary survey course, learn about the artists who influenced these writers, and what distinguished Fitzgerald and Stevens from their peers. Students will be inspired to write their own poetry and literary fiction inspired by the timeless writing style of these leading authors.

Maximum Participants: 40

Minimum Days Needed for Residency: 2

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): audio/visual connection and screen.

Residency Fee: $63.00 per class/ hr.


GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

From the Tortoise to the Forest: A Literary Survey of Modern Nature Writing

Modern nature writing involves communicating feelings in relation to the natural world. Learn about the history of nature writing as a literary genre from sources of antiquity to modern times. Focus on the influential founders of modern American nature writing: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, and their relationship to a small group of 19th century writers who shaped realism in creative non-fiction and historic fictional works. Students will be required to complete an essay based on an nature experience.

Maximum Participants: 45

Minimum days needed for Residency: 4

Special Requirements (Space, Tech, Volunteer): audio/visual connection, screen

Workshop Fee: $63.00 per class/hr.