Creative Writing Administration

Gregg Wilhelm

Gregg Wilhelm

Director

Gregg Wilhelm became Director of Mason Creative Writing in Spring 2018. His expertise covers book publishing, arts administration, and higher education. He started his career at Johns Hopkins University Press, launched three imprints including one with a major independent bookseller, founded nonprofit literary arts organization CityLit Project and launched its CityLit Press imprint, and held adjunct and leadership positions at several institutions. Prior to joining the English Department at Mason, Gregg served as Director of Marketing and Enrollment Development for the Open Studies unit at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has sat on grant review panels for the National Endowment for the Arts (FY2014 and FY2019), the Maryland State Arts Council, and the RUBYs Artist Grants. In fall 2020, he co-founded Watershed Lit: Center for Literary Engagement and Publishing Practice, a center chartered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University.

Art Taylor

Art Taylor

Assistant Director

Art Taylor teaches creative writing, literature, and composition, and for many years he helped to coordinate marketing for the annual Fall for the Book Festival.

Art won the 2019 Edgar Award for Best Short Story for "English 398: Fiction Workshop," originally published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He is the author of The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74 and Other Tales of Suspense and On the Road with Del & Louise: A Novel in Stories, winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and he has won three additional Agatha Awards, an Anthony Award, four Macavity Awards, and four Derringer Awards for his short fiction. His work has also appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, and he edited Murder Under the Oaks: Bouchercon Anthology 2015, winner of the Anthony Award for Best Anthology or Collection, and California Schemin': Bouchercon Anthology 2020.

His short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, in the Chesapeake Crime anthologies This Job Is Murder, Homicidal Holidays, and Storm Warning, and in other journals and anthologies. He contributes frequently to the Washington PostWashington Independent Review of Books, and Mystery Scene.

For more information, visit his website at http://www.arttaylorwriter.com, like his author page at Facebook here, or follow him on Twitter at @arttaylorwriter.

Laura Ellen Scott

Laura Ellen Scott

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Laura Scott received her MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University in 1993. She teaches fiction writing and is the Department's Academic Coordinator and primary advisor to undergraduates in the Creative Writing and English majors.

Her debut novel, Death Wishing, was released in 2011. Her novels The Juliet and The Mean Bone in Her Body were released in 2016. The Mean Bone in Her Body is Book 1 of the New Royal Mysteries series. Book 2, Crybaby Lane, was released 2017. Book 3, Blue Billy will be released in 2022.

Jay Patel

Jay Patel

Graduate Academic Coordinator