“I strive to grab the reader’s attention within the first few words and never let go. Every article has fundamental facts conveyed through an organized outline that allows readers to feel the heat, taste the dust in the air, and smell those cookies baking in the oven. I never ignore seemingly mundane details that pop up in my research because these often lead to moving and hopefully memorable narratives."
Julia Henri has been a staff writer for the Boston Herald, a stringer for the Associated Press and has worked in investigative and evidence reporting throughout the Boston area.
She also has an extensive background in the arts, outlined below.
Henri writes about history, food, fine art, antiques, and auctions. Every article is researched, photographed and documented for accuracy. She often references out-of-print antiquarian books and rare magazines from her personal library with materials that date as far back as the 18th century. She has reference to countless digital archives and never hesitates to find just the right museum or academic expert to unearth answers and seemingly lost information.
Henri works in close collaboration with her editors to fulfill their requests. She carefully rewrites and edits copy before submission, and has a solid reputation for meeting calendared deadlines.
Julia Henri is not only a writer but also a professional photographer who stays current with the latest technology. She lives in her studio located in the Blue Mountains of Virginia.
“I love my job. I go to work each and every day looking for unusual stories with interesting angles, twists, and hooks that will keep readers curious enough to read through to the very last word.”
Education and Experience:
Education: University of Cincinnati: College-Conservatory of Music: Violoncello and Piano Performance; Cincinnati, Ohio. University of Cincinnati: Journalism; Cincinnati, Ohio. Mount Ida College: Graphic Design, Business; Newton, Massachusetts. Massachusetts College of Art: Graphic Design & Illustration; Boston, Massachusetts. Continuing coursework at the University of California: Scientific Illustration; Santa Cruz, California. Interlochen School for the Arts: Computer Technology & Creative Writing; Interlochen, Michigan. On-going professional fine art coursework at important studios throughout the United States: Renaissance portraiture and figure studies, professional calligraphy, egg tempera, fresco, drawing, silverpoint, watercolor & gouache, pastel, oil painting and studio photography. Research and studies at Rare Mss. Dept. Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France.
Also: College Intern & Seller under George Goodspeed, Goodspeed’s Bookshop at 7 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts: Illuminated Manuscripts, Autographs & Mss., Americana, First Editions, Prints, Genealogy & Heraldry.
Professsional Member, The Author's Guild
Accredited Member Designation, International Society of Appraisers
Business Member, Costume Society of America
Arts Instructor: Pacific Art League, Palo Alto, California: Classical Renaissance illumination & egg tempera painting, drawing, watercolor & gouache techniques, pastel. Private Studio instructor: Boston, Massachusetts and Los Gatos, California. Instructor of Fine Arts for the City of Los Gatos, Los Gatos, California. Instructor, Washtenaw Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan: Antiques & Collectibles Authentication, Identification & Appraising; Writing: Historical Non-Fiction & Personal Narratives.