Greg Bills

Professor, Creative Writing

Degrees: M.F.A., University of California, Irvine; B.A., University of Utah

Office: Creative Writing, Hall of Letters

Phone: 909/748-8572




Background Highlights

Greg Bills is a fiction writer and teacher. Originally from Midvale, Utah (ten miles south of Salt Lake City), he graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Utah and received an M.F.A. in fiction writing from UC Irvine.

He is the author of two novels: "Consider This Home" (Simon & Schuster) and "Fearful Symmetry" (Dutton/Penguin). "Consider This Home" was well-reviewed: playwright Tony Kushner called it a “wonderful, exciting novel…fierce, funny, smart, observant, and at times, very sexy,”and novelist Antonya Nelson in the Los Angeles Times said that the main character was “one of the most memorable consciousnesses I’ve had the pleasure to inhabit in recent fiction.” The book was a Literary Guild alternate selection and was published in England by Marion Boyars. "Fearful Symmetry" was also well-received and appeared in trade paperback from Plume.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • CRWR 107 - Fiction Workshop I#
  • CRWR 207 - Fiction Workshop II#
  • CRWR 307 - Fiction Workshop III#
  • CRWR 410 - Creative Writing Seminar – Topics have included Page & Beyond; Coming of Age; Family Affairs; Journeys, Quests, & Voyages#
  • CRWR 441 - Senior Portfolio#
  • Johnston Program Seminars - Topics have included Outré Film & Fiction; Experimental Narratives; Art and Animal; Art and Morality; New Narrative Forms

Degrees Held

  • B.A., University of Utah#
  • MFA, University of California, Irvine

Previous Teaching Experience

In addition to the University of Redlands, Greg has taught at UC Irvine, in the UCLA and UC Irvine Extension Programs and at Irvine Valley College. He has also served on the Fiction Staff at the Community of Writers Conference in Squaw Valley, California.


2010: “Before The Red,” story, in Fairy Tale Review.
2007: “Jack and the Giant,” essay, Brothers and Beasts: An Anthology of Men on Fairy Tales (Wayne State University Press).
2005: “Monster & Critic,” roundtable on writing and publishing, in Fall 2005 Santa Monica Review and online.
1996: Fearful Symmetry, novel (Dutton; paperback, Plume)
1994: Consider This Home, novel (Simon & Schuster; U.K. Marion Boyars)


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