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Robin Greene is Director of the Writing Center and Professor of English and Writing, and holds the McLean Endowed Chair in English. Greene has published four books - two poetry (Memories of Light and Lateral Drift), one nonfiction (Real Birth: Women Share Their Stories) and a novel (Augustus: Narrative of a Slave Woman) about a woman who was a slave in Fayetteville. Currently, Greene is working on a new novel and on a second edition of Real Birth, due out in 2015. Greene is co-founder and editor of Longleaf Press, MU's literary press. Additionally, she is one of the founders of the Veterans Writing Collective. She holds a M.A. in English from Binghamton University and a M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art at Norwich University.

Carrah Royal, Assistant Director of Methodist University's Writing Center, is a North Carolina native, originally from Bladen County. She earned a B.F.A at UNC-Wilmington and M.F.A. at Emerson College in Boston, MA. Carrah enjoys writing poetry, fiction, and essays, and she was published in Our State magazine in November 2007 and October 2008 issues under the byline of Lee Royal. Before coming to Methodist University, Carrah taught composition at a local community college and coordinated its writing lab. She looks forward to working with students and Methodist University community.

After living in several states and countries, Jan Donaldson is proud to call Fayetteville home. She published poetry in the minnesota review and has another poem, "At Joe’s Wedding in King's Grant," coming in the Fall 2014 edition of Kakalak: Selected Poets and Artists. Donaldson attended the University of Maryland at College Park for both B.S. and M.Ed. degrees in Education; she earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2002. Poetry is her passion; nine years of teaching creative writing and English at a local community college were her good fortune. She looks forward to sharing her love of writing with students at the Methodist University Writing Center.

Baylor Hicks is a writing consultant in addition to being the coordinator for the Monarch Review, Methodist’s new journal of undergraduate research and art. Prior to arriving at MU, she practiced law for many years, in both North Carolina and the San Francisco Bay area. Notwithstanding the fact that she lived for close to 30 years in northern California (including three years at a Zen Buddhist retreat center), she is one of those rare creatures - a Fayetteville native. As a lawyer, she has worked in a various fields, ranging from civil litigation to tax planning, and for several years specialized in legal research and writing. A Buddhist and a meditator, she has a broad array of interests, including art and architecture, natural history, qigong and yoga, food fermentation (think sauerkraut and pickles), and choral music. She obtained her law degree at Stanford University and her bachelor's at Duke University, from which she was graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.

Rebecca King is a recent graduate of Methodist University who fulfilled a life-long goal of returning to school and earning her BA in Writing. She moved to the Carolinas in 2007 from Maine, where she owned and operated a restaurant for many years, sold real estate, and owned a retail shop. Rebecca enjoys gardening, traveling, baking—her specialty is homemade pie—and spending time with her dogs. She can often be found painting and repurposing furniture which she sells in her cottage shop Sage and Twine. She looks forward to sharing her passion for writing and learning with others.

Eric Schult is a regular columnist and technical writer for Editor & Publisher magazine, a monthly trade journal serving the newspaper industry. He's a former reporter and editor, published short fiction author, and winner of L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future award in the fantasy/science fiction genres. He's worked in the newspaper publishing business for over 30 years and is currently an operations and technology executive at The Fayetteville Observer. He's a former long-distance swimmer and still burns off workaday stress doing laps at the HealthPlex. Whenever possible, Eric likes to hide himself from civilization at a cabin he owns on a whitewater river in Maine's "100-Mile Wilderness."

Chris Wallace is a native of Charlottesville, Virginia, and graduated, cum laude, from Lynchburg College with a B.A. in Communication Studies with emphasis in print journalism. He worked as a sports writer for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville for five years, winning multiple Virginia Press Association awards, before spending a year in nearby Lumberton as the sports editor of The Robesonian. Chris then spent nine years working for He served first as the company's national editorial director and later as the owner and managing editor of, a website devoted to University of Virginia athletics. In addition to his Writing Center duties, Chris is also an Instruction Editor with When he's not working, Chris can usually be found playing golf, traveling with his wife, Stacey, and cheering on the UVa basketball team.

The Writing Center

2015 Spring Hours
Monday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Sunday After hours (online appointments only) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Location: Davis Memorial Library, Room 111
Phone: 910-630-7264