I teach a variety of courses, from FTS to American Literature to creative writing; my main area of interest, in scholarly, teaching, and personal ways, is Fiction Writing. I love to listen to stories, to how they are told, to consider the importance of stories in our social structures, our cultural heritage, and our daily lives.
I also love to write them. I've published two YA novels, including The Battle Hymn Blues, about a Civil War reenactment run amok, and Stealing the Show, a rollicking road novel about three friends playing hooky to spread the ashes of a beloved grandfather. I've also published a historical fiction novella, The Man Who Invented Writing, and have a short book of writing instruction, 297 Ideas for Novels and Short Fiction. My short stories, which range from humorous coming-of-age tales to Southern gothic tragedy, have been published in The Southeast Review, Eleven Eleven, Cream City Review, Copper Nickel, Oyster Boy Review, Atticus Review, Instafiction, Long Reads, and many others.
You can learn more about my fiction on my website, www.bakerlawley.com.
When I'm not lost in a good tale, I enjoy playing the banjo and harmonica (poorly), listening to music, cooking, and spending time with my wife and daughter.
B.A., Millsaps College, and M.F.A., The University of Alabama
Areas of Expertise
ENG-253 (Writing Fiction) and ENG-337 (Contemporary American Literature)
|Synonym||Title||Times Taught||Terms Taught|
|ENG-112||Introduction to Creative Writing||14||2013/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2009/SP, 2008/FA, 2007/SP, and 2005/FA|
|ENG-253||Writing Fiction||8||2013/SP, 2011/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/FA, and 2006/SP|
|FTS-100||FTS:Creativity||5||2013/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, and 2006/FA|
|ENG-101||Read:Lit of Laughter||3||2011/SP, 2010/FA, and 2007/SP|
|ENG-268||Career Exploration||3||2010/JN and 2009/JN|
|ENG-121||American Literature I||3||2008/FA, 2006/SP, and 2005/FA|
|ENG-399||Senior Seminar||2||2012/FA and 2007/FA|
|ENG-273||American Novel||2||2012/FA and 2010/SP|
|ENG-337||Contemporary American Literature||2||2008/SP and 2006/SP|
|ENG-254||Writing the Novella||2||2008/JN and 2007/JN|
|ENG-122||American Literature II||2||2007/SP and 2006/FA|