Scott Elliot

Associate Professor of Creative Writing and English
Olin Hall 215
(509) 527-5892 (phone), 527-5039 (fax)

Scott Elliott earned a BA with honors in English from Vanderbilt University, an MA in English Literature from UC-Boulder, and an MFA with an emphasis in fiction from Columbia University. Before coming to Whitman, he taught at the University of Houston, Hofstra University, and for The Teachers and Writers Collaborative in New York and for Writers in the Schools and The Inprint Organization in Houston.

Scott’s novel Coiled in the Heart was a 2003 Booksense 76 Selection, a Literary Guild alternate selection, and a finalist in two award categories for The Texas Institute of Letters. The novel was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition with Bob Edwards in November 2003 and in March 2005 was the featured book in the American Library of Congress sponsored One-Community-One-Campus-One-Book celebration in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Scott’s essays and short stories have been published in several literary and other journals including the Antioch Review, The New York Times, and the Writer’s Chronicle. His second novel, In the Olympics, an ecological literary thriller, is set on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. For more information about Scott and his work, visit

Scott’s literary interests include Early, Modern, and Contemporary American Literature, Southern Literature, Narratology, Writing Pedagogy, Literary Movements, Magical Realism, and the Literature of the American West. At Whitman, Scott teaches writing courses in a variety of genres and levels, literature courses, and the occasional section of Core.