Julaina Kleist-Corwin, originally from Wisconsin, received a Masters Degree in Education from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California. She taught for over twenty-five years in a Montessori Elementary School, in special education private schools, and for the Contra Costa County program for multi-challenged students. Currently she is a field supervisor for teachers working toward their credentials and she teaches creative writing classes for the Dublin Senior Center.
Julaina published an anthology in 2014 called Written Across the Genres (available on Amazon). It is a collection of short stories, essays, poems, and novel excerpts written by several Tri-Valley Writers members and other writers she knows. Her next anthology, to be completed in 2016, has Choices for the theme.
Her current fiction project is an inter-dimensional mystery called Norman in the Painting. She has written Hada’s Fog, which is in its sixth draft and the beginning of a YA novel called Lilli.
She has won first place awards for her short stories and several are published in various anthologies such as two years in Harlequin’s Christmas editions, The CWC Literary Review, Oakland Anthologies, and San Francisco Writers Conference collections.
Julaina lives in Martinez with her husband and Russian Blue Cat, but she doesn’t mind the drive to Tri-Valley. She says the writers she has class and CWC make the commute worthwhile.