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.

 

Samantha Babiak
Member Services Manager &
 Program Coordinator 

Samantha Babiak holds a B.A. in English with a certificate in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at Austin. As a part of the Creative Writing program, Samantha found her love for all things literary. She has experience working on the fiction board for Echo, a literary and arts magazine for UT's Liberal Arts Honors program. Her short story, "Los Centavos del Puente," was published in HotHouse Literary Journal's decennial issue. In her free time, you can find her kickboxing her stresses away or hungrily flipping through the pages of a new book.


 

 

 

Catherine Gregoire
Administrative Assistant 

Catherine Gregoire discovered her love of the literary nonprofit world through working at places like 826DC and the University Writing Center at UT Austin, where she graduated with a B.A. in English. Writing is her greatest love. Besides writing for online magazines and blogs, like Study Breaks, she also writes for fun in hopes of one day becoming a published fiction author. Two of her short stories, “Traveler’s Haven” and “When My Sister Became the Wind,” have been published in anthologies highlighting new and emerging writers of Texas. When she’s not working at The Writers’ League (or writing, of course), she’s either studying hard to earn her Certificate in Editing from UC Berkeley or not studying hard by bingeing a new season of a favorite TV show, roller skating, or finding the next excuse to do an arts and crafts project.

There are currently no open staff positions.