Laura Oliver is the author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Alpha Books/Penguin 2011). In addition, she is an award-winning writer and creative writing instructor at St. John’s College and The Writer’s Center. Oliver has also taught both fiction and essay writing at the University of Maryland.
Oliver’s fiction and essays are published in national newspapers, magazines and top-tier literary reviews (The Washington Post, Country Living Magazine, The Writer Magazine, Glimmer Train Stories, Charleston Magazine, Portland Magazine, The Baltimore Review.) Among other distinctions, she is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award in Fiction, a Glimmer Train Short Fiction finalist, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Oliver holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College,a Bachelor of Arts in English from Washington College, and has completed writing 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.