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Our Teachers

The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.

Julia Lisa Ray

Originally from Flat Rock, North Carolina, I finished an undergraduate degree in English and secondary education at Appalachian State University in 1987 and stayed at ASU as a graduate assistant until 1989, completing a Master’s Degree in English with a concentration in community college and technical college teaching. I moved to Hampton Roads in 1989, and over the following years, taught at Commonwealth College, Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, and Thomas Nelson Community College. I taught at Thomas Nelson (now Virginia Peninsula CC) full-time from 2000-2021. I enjoyed teaching all levels of composition and rhetoric courses as well as American literature, film and literature, women's literature and science fiction and fantasy. I retired in 2021 and moved back to the mountains of North Carolina in 2021 to be nearer family. From 2013 to the present, I have self-published three urban fantasy novels through Amazon as J.L. Ray. I am currently working on the fourth of that series.