William Wyatt

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing
William Wyatt
Pronouns He / Him / His Email william.wyatt@usc.edu Office JEF 150 Office Phone (213) 740-1980


Yance Wyatt is an Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Southern California, where he served as Director of the Writing Center from 2009-2014. He teaches a wide range of courses including “Writing 150: Writing and Critical Thinking,” “Writing 340: Advanced Writing,” and “CORE 195: Creative Writing Workshop.” Prior to joining the faculty, he earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Arizona State University and a Master of Professional Writing (with an emphasis in fiction) from USC. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his fiction and poetry have been published in Zyzzyva, The Pinch, Los Angeles Review, Northwest Review, and dozens of other literary magazines. 




Gander” (poetry). Delta Poetry Review. 2023. 

The Last Small Farmer” (poetry). The Sierra Nevada Review. 2024. 

Lunchboxing” (fiction). SPECS: Literary Journal of Rollins College. 2010. 

Speck: A Bungled Explanation of How You Came to Be” (flash fiction). Every Day Fiction. 2024. 

Training Wheels” (flash fiction). Los Angeles Review. 2021. 




Finalist, The Institute for the Novel Award for Best Excerpt: 2024

Finalist, Charlotte Lit Award for Southern Fiction: 2024

Finalist, 3rd Wednesday George Dila Annual Flash Fiction Contest: 2023

Finalist, Ninth Letter Literary Award for the Short Story: 2023

Finalist, Reflex Press Novella Award: 2023

Semifinalist, Driftwood Press Short Story Contest: 2023

Semifinalist, Lascaux Review Prize for Short Fiction: 2023

Master Teacher, appointed by USC Mentoring Program: 2020-2022

Pushcart Prize nomination for story published in An Honest Lie: Justifiable Hypocrisy Anthology: 2012

Pushcart Prize nomination for story published in Blue Moon Literary & Art Review: 2010

Movie Script Contest Silver Brad Award for a feature screenplay: 2009

USC General Education Graduate Assistant Award: 2007-2008

ASU Alumni Association Moeur Award for exceptional academic achievement: 2003-2004

Honor societies: Golden Key, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Beta Kappa




Co-chair, USC Writing Program Writing 340 Orientation: 2018-2023

Co-chair, USC Writing Program Faculty Evaluation Committee: Fall 2014-2020, Fall 2022

Mentor, USC Writing Program: Fall 2013-Fall 2021

Member, USC Writing Program Personnel Committee: 2018-2019

Member, USC Writing Program Hiring Committee: Fall 2016-Spring 2017

Member, USC Writing Center Committee: Fall 2015-Spring 2017

Member, USC Writing Program Instructor Training Committee: Spring 2014-Fall 2016

Chair, USC Writing Program Publications Committee: Spring 2011-Spring 2015

Member, USC University Committee on Curriculum: 2009-2014

Member, USC General Education Committee: 2007-2008


  • M.P.W. Fiction, University of Southern California, 2008
  • B.S. Psychology, Arizona State University, 2004
  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing, University of Southern California, 2014-
    • Assistant Professor (Teaching) of Writing , University of Southern California, 2011-2014
    • Director, The Writing Center, University of Southern California, 2009-2014
    • Lecturer, University of Southern California, 2008-2011
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