Writers @ Write by the Sea
Prof Bill Dawers
Bill Dawers is a member of the faculty of the Department of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University, a 27,000-student institution, founded in 1906 and classified as a doctoral-research university. His base is the university’s Armstrong Campus — that is, its facility in the city of Savannah. While Bill’s teaching also embraces such genres as travel writing, it centers on journalism. He is an active and respected professional journalist, regularly contributing arts, music, and other features to the Savannah Morning News, especially its “City Talk” column. His work has featured in important US magazines, not least Oxford American. Attuned to the Savannah scene, both contemporary and historical, Bill is passionate about the writings of Flannery O’Connor. He serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home on Lafayette Square in Savannah’s Historic District. In addition to attracting literary pilgrims from across the globe for tours, the house also hosts lectures and other events that deepen understanding of Flannery O’Connor, in particular how Savannah helped shape her.