Judith C. Owens-Lalude


Writing with My Heart and Soul


Judith C. Owens-Lalude is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and has over 37 years experience conducting workshops and teaching classes for adults, teens, and children. Owens-Lalude is a graduate of Kentucky State University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics there before moving to Southern California where she earned her Master of Arts degree (thesis) in vocational Education at California State University, Long Beach. In addition to her degrees Owens-Lalude has lifetime certifications, from the California Department of Education, in Adult Education. Owens-Lalude is married to A. O’tayo Lalude, M.D. They have two sons Adesina and Akinwande.

In 2012 Owens-Lalude published her first novel, The Long Walk: Slavery to Freedom.

Owens-Lalude is interested in global education and has traveled to: Nigeria to study family and culture; Europe to explore the impact of language on children across different cultures; and China in 1995 for the Fourth International Women’s Conference.

Owens-Lalude has been on the University of Louisville Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning staff where she taught Write for Children. She also taught in the Jefferson County Public Schools, Life Learning Program and the Bellarmine University Continuing & Professional Studies Department, both in Louisville, KY.

Owens-Lalude combined her skills and talents, in 2002 to establish the j. camille cultural academy. As its director and founder she serves women who want to write and families with gifted-and-talented college bound children. Owens-Lalude  also sat on the Jefferson County Public Schools’ College Readiness committee.

Owens-Lalude started the Children’s Picture Book Writing Workshop (CPBWW) in 2001. With a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, in 2002, she expanded the workshop to include women in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. That workshop has gone on to become an annual event. Its success lead to Owens-Lalude’s nomination for a Wise Woman Award in 2004.

In 2011 the j. camille cultural academy and its participants celebrated the tenth anniversary of the CPBWW.

About Me

Name: Judith C. Owens-Lalude

Gender: Female

Status: Married

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Education: MA in Ed.

School: CSULB, Long Beach, CA

Major: Voc. H.Eco. Education


Occupation: Writer/Educator


Email: jcamille@insightbb.com

Groups:  Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators; Women Who Write; Jefferson County Public School’s College Readiness Committee; Crane House; Nigerian Association.


Books: Invisible Man, Island Beneath the Sea, Things Fall Apart, Mao’s Last Dancer, The Help

Writers: Ralph Ellison, James McBride, Aleksandr Pushkin

Quote: A work of art is never complete - Picasso

Food: Warm Tapioca

Travel Desinations: China, Egypt, Europe, India, and Nigeria