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Expert Source: Robert M. Olmstead, M.A.

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Robert Olmstead is an established writer of fiction (seven novels, numerous short stories), magazine, and journal articles. He is the director of Ohio Wesleyan’s Creative Writing Program. His most recent books are the critically acclaimed “Coal Black Horse” and “Far Bright Star.” He also has published a textbook for fiction-writing workshops (“Elements of the Craft”) and a non-fiction memoir (“Stay Here with Me: A Memoir.”)


  • B.A., Syracuse University
  • M.A., Syracuse University

Areas of Expertise:

  • Creative writing
  • Novel writing
  • Short-story writing

Selected Publications:

  • “Far Bright Star,” 2009
  • “Coal Black Horse,” 2007
  • Elements of the Writing Craft, 1997 (textbook)
  • “Stay Here With Me,” 1996 (memoir)
  • “America by Land,” 1993
  • A Trail of Heart’s Blood Wherever We Go: A Novel,” 1990
  • “Soft Water,” Vintage 1988. German and British editions, 1994
  • “River Dogs,” 1987 (short story collection)