Bill Oliver Director of the Williams School Communications Center and Visiting Assistant Professor of English

Bill Oliver

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Bill Oliver has served as a consultant in the CommCenter since 2012 and as its director since 2015. Previously, he was the founding director of the VMI Writing Center (1996-2007). He is a professor of English at W&L and has taught a variety of writing courses, including in the Williams School.


Ph.D., English, University of Virginia
M.A., English, University of Kansas
B.A., English and History, Rockhurst College




WRIT 100—First Year Writing Seminar: Misfits, Rebels, and Outcasts
English 204: Creative Writing
English 226: American Literature: Romantic to Modern
English 227: American Literature: WWII to Present
English 366: Contemporary American Short Story
English 368: Modern American Novel
English 369: American Novel, WWII to Present

Selected Publications

Women & Children First: Stories. Mid-List P, 1998.

Passion and Craft: Conversations with Notable Writers. U of Illinois P, 1998.

Short stories in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Carolina Quarterly, Indiana Review, Florida Review, New Letters, Laurel Review, Descant, and others.

Essays and interviews in Contemporary Literature, Southern Literary Journal, New England Review, The Literary Review, Flannery O'Connor Bulletin, Crazyhorse, New Letters, and others.

Work in Progress

Excursions (stories)

Necessary Evils (novel)