The Short of It
Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House and Editor at GrubWrites, I spend my daily life either writing, talking about writing, or with my nose deep in the latest literary treasure. The rest of the time, I’m reviewing fiction for literary magazines, helping writers develop and publish their personal essays, or interviewing authors. I consult on short stories, flash, the novel, and the personal essay, plus I help debut authors master social media and book promotion. Click here to find out more.
The Long of It
Born and raised in Yorkshire, England, Sarah defected to the States in the winter of 2011. She was educated at Leeds University, where she received her BA hons in English Language and Literature (International), with stints at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the Kansas State University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, where she was awarded the Seaton Graduate Fellowship in Creative Writing. Most recently, Sarah completed an MA in English Literature at Boston College, where she was awarded an MA fellowship and the Henry Blackwell Essay Prize.
Sarah has worked behind a bar, in a restaurant kitchen, as a door-to-door makeup saleswoman, as a call-centre operative, in a newsroom, as a fundraiser, as a writing instructor, and in a record store, on both sides of the Atlantic. She has played the saxophone at a German jazz festival, the flute in a French winery, and the bass guitar in every rock-n-roll venue on South Yorkshire’s toilet circuit.
In Boston, Sarah organized arts festivals as Events Manager for the Boston College Arts Council, and spent several blissful months as a bookseller for the wonderful Newtonville Books before finding a professional home at GrubStreet, the nation’s leading creative writing center, as their Marketing and Community Engagement Manager. Sarah kept Grub’s large community of writers, readers, and industry professionals connected via e-communications and key social media channels; developed and executed digital campaigns for the national Muse & the Marketplace conference, GrubStreet’s advanced programs, an ongoing series of free community-based workshops, and 500+ creative writing courses annually; and worked with the program team to create the richest possible learning experience. She also oversaw the creation and maintenance of website content to uphold brand standards and ensure quality and consistency of copy, supervised the production of marketing collateral including image, video, and print materials, and contributed to the organizational marketing strategy.
Now, Sarah is Writer-in-Residence at Wellspring House, a retreat for writers and artists on the edge of the Berkshires in Ashfield, MA. There, she manages social media and marketing strategy for the retreat while working on her second novel, set in her native Yorkshire and following the struggle of four generations of women as they fight against a misogynistic land grab designed to rob them of their matrilineal birthright.
Sarah is especially proud to call herself a founding member of the Back Porch Collective, a Boston-based group of writers. Hailing from Cuba, India, Albania, Atlanta, Miami, Jamaica, and the UK, they connected over a common passion for global narratives and literature’s potential to create empathy and understanding across all geographical, political, and cultural borders.
Her creative work has appeared in Solstice Literary Magazine, The Conium Review, Poetry & Audience, and other places, and her essays and interviews have featured on Dead Darlings and GrubWrites. For a full list of publications and editorial positions, check out her publications page. She’s served on the editorial team for Post Road magazine and The Conium Review, and is Consulting Editor at Solstice and Fiction Editor at Pangyrus magazine. Sarah is a graduate of the 2014-15 Novel Incubator program at GrubStreet.
Sarah is represented by Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord Literistic.