Photo by: Christopher Michel

Photo by: Christopher Michel


Hi, I’m Julia Scheeres.

I’m a professional wordsmith and live in the Bay Area with my husband and two daughters.

After graduating from the University of Southern California with an M.A. in Journalism, I worked as a daily reporter for the Los Angeles Times and El Financiero de Mexico. (I am bilingual in Spanish). I covered everything from breaking news to celebrity spats to the 1996 Republic Convention.

In 2005, I published a memoir called Jesus Land, which was a New York Times and London Times bestseller. In 2011, I published a narrative history of the Jonestown tragedy called A Thousand Lives: the Untold Story of Jonestown. Both books garnered awards, critical acclaim, and were featured on many year-end “Best Of” lists.

Between books, I write features, essays, profiles and book reviews for magazines and newspapers; do content writing for companies; and work with private clients.

I love telling stories and helping other people shape their narratives. In addition to writing, I have taught memoir and narrative writing for over a decade – to beginning writers and MFA students alike – and have helped dozens of clients put their stories on the page. 

 Feel free to drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you.