Laura Oliver is the author of The Story Within: New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Alpha/Penguin 2011) which was named one of "The Writer Magazine's" "Ten Terrific Writing Books of the Year" and excerpted in the magazine's May 2012 issue in the feature, "Where to Begin." The Story Within was also named one of the best writing books published, new and classics alike by Poets and Writers Magazine and is now in 4th printing. Oliver publishes both fiction and essay in national literary reviews, magazines, newspapers and online, and has been teaching writing at colleges and universities for more than a decade. In addition, Oliver won an Anne Arundel Arts Council Literary Arts award/2012 and a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Fiction. Oliver has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Awards, a Top 25-Finalist in Glimmer Train’s Family Matter’s Contest. She has also published numerous essays in “Country Living Magazine,” “The Washington Post,” "The Writer Magazine," “Charleston Magazine,” "Portland Magazine," and online at “Beliefnet.” Her short stories have appeared in "The SUN Magazine," "Glimmer Train" and the "Baltimore Review.". In addition she writes a regular essay for "Annapolis Lifestyle Magazine." Oliver is a contributing author to the book Lasting Transformation: A Guide to Navigating Life's Journey by Abby Rosen Ph D. Oliver’s essays have been excerpted in books such as Remember the Time? The Power and Promise of Family Story Telling by Eileen Kindig and used by motivational speakers.
Oliver holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing and Literature from Bennington College, a BA in English from Washington College, has completed seminars in creative non-fiction at the University of Iowa, and completed numerous professional education seminars for members of the Maryland Psychological Association including seminars on Positive Psychology taught by University of Pennsylvania faculty, workshops on somatic imagery and career construction in the 21st century. A popular motivational speaker, Oliver has presented workshops combining positive psychology and the transformative power of writing at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Wellness House. and currently offers "Writing to Heal Grief" and "Learned Happiness" at the Life Center of Annapolis Chesapeake Hospice.
For Further Reading: Feature on Workshops published in The Capital Newspaper - "Murray Hill Resident Leads Popular Creative Writing Course."