Current Staff


Becka Oliver
Executive Director

Becka Oliver joined the Writers' League in September 2013 as Executive Director after more than sixteen years of experience working in book publishing. She spent much of her publishing career inside two of the “big six” publishing leaders – Macmillan and Hachette Book Group -- licensing domestic and foreign rights on behalf of countless notable authors, including Sandra Brown, Brad Meltzer, Nicholas Sparks, Jon Stewart and the Daily Show, and more. In 2007, she made the leap from Associate Director of Subsidiary Rights at Grand Central Publishing to Literary Agent, first at Endeavor and then at William Morris Endeavor (WME) after the two powerhouse talent agencies merged in 2009.

As a literary agent, Becka represented clients working in both fiction and non-fiction, including Brunonia Barry, Sheryl Crow, Kamran Pasha, Joanna Philbin, Susan Rebecca White, and the popular blog Awkward Family Photos.  


Michael Noll
Program Director

Michael Noll is the author of The Writer's Field Guide to the Craft of Fiction and the editor of Read to Write Stories, a site that offers writing exercises based on published stories, novel excerpts, and essays. His fiction and nonfiction have been published at American Short Fiction, Chattahoochee Review, Indiana ReviewNarrative Magazine, The New Territory, Huffington Post, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and The Good Men Project. His story, "The Tank Yard," was included in the 2016 Best American Mystery Story Collection. Before joining the Writers' League as Program Director, he taught writing at Texas State University. He was also formerly the writer in residence at the Katherine Anne Porter House in Kyle, TX.


Jordan Smith
Member Services Manager

Jordan Smith is a Texas native and earned her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin. A freelance writer and editor since 2011, her experience includes work with the Texas Book Festival, Kirkus Reviews, the University of Tennessee Press, and Yellow Bird Editors. Outside of the Writers' League, Jordan is also a food blogger and journalist, with work forthcoming at culture magazine and others. You can find her gluten-free recipes on her blog Small Comforts Kitchen. She is also a competitive karaoke champion and an avid musical theatre fan.



Kelsey Williams
Administrative Assistant

Kelsey Williams holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the Writers' League of Texas, Kelsey worked as a full-time bookseller at Half Price Books. Kelsey has experience working for the Texas Book Festival, Austin Bat Cave, Malvern Books, and Feminine Inquiry, an Austin based literary zine. In her free time, you can find her writing short stories and deciding which of her 11 checked out library books to read first.