Julie McArthur was born and raised in Kanata, then a small suburb of Ottawa, Ontario. On a grade two report card her teacher Mrs. Hobbs wrote, “In her stories Julie writes good sentences and expresses interesting ideas.” Although she was always an avid reader growing up and kept a journal from a young age, it was a long and winding road to writing and editing fiction.
Moving back and forth between Toronto and Ottawa, she worked fifteen years as a preschool teacher and nanny, cooked in several restaurants, and studied fine arts, as well as counselling assaulted women and children. During this time, she enrolled in creative writing classes and founded F&G Writers, a bi-monthly workshop she has facilitated since 2010.
McArthur now has over twenty short stories published in literary journals across North America and the UK including The Antigonish Review, Joyland, Necessary Fiction, PANK, and Prairie Fire. Her first collection Men and the Drink received three Ontario Arts Council grants and is under consideration at publishers while she is at work on a second.
Through writing she fell in love with the revision process and went back to school to study grammar and editing. She now works as a freelance editor from home.
When she’s not writing and editing she takes dance classes at The National Ballet of Canada and cheers on the Toronto Blue Jays. Other interests include reading Tarot, cooking comfort foods and curries, promoting minimalism, and hanging with her kitties, Harold and Mona.