Laura Oliver M.F.A.

About Laura


Laura Oliver is the author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Penguin Random House,) named by "The Writer Magazine" as one of the best writing books of the year, and additionally selected by "Poets and Writers Magazine" as one of the best writing books ever published. Now in eighth printing, the book is in Barnes and Noble and sold in 20 countries around the world.  In addition to having taught both essay and fiction writing at the University of Maryland and St. John's College, Oliver is a writing workshop instructor and co-creator of The Writing Intensive at St. John's College.  Oliver's fiction and essays are published in national newspapers, magazines and top-tier literary reviews. She is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction, an Anne Arundel County Arts Council Literary Arts Award winner, a two-time Glimmer Train Short Fiction finalist, and her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize Collection.  Oliver holds a MFA degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College, a BA in English from Washington College, and has completed seminars in creative non-fiction at the University of Iowa. Oliver has completed professional education seminars on positive psychology taught by the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania and numerous professional education seminars sponsored by the Maryland Psychological Association. She has taught writing workshops at The Writer's Center, at Annapolis Wellness House, Anne Arundel Medical Center, and the Life Center of Chesapeake Hospice.


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