...a brave collection that wrestles with loss and pain, and strides beautifully into a power and wildness of womanhood that refuses to be contained.
- Ansel Elkins, author of Blue Yodel
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Sarah Jefferis is an author, editor, and mentor. Through her consultant business, Write. Now., Sarah serves as a 1:1 writing coach for graduate students working on dissertations and for writers who need assistance with brainstorming, revision, editing, organization, query letters and the like. She designs and leads generative workshops on the creative process and the necessity of vulnerability, as well as subject-specific writing workshops that empower mothers and children to honor their artistic spirit and develop confident voices. She offers poetry readings on surviving trauma, and on trusting the writing process as a tool to speak out and effect change. Sarah holds an MA in Creative Writing and Literature from Hollins University, an MFA in Poetry from Cornell University and a PhD in Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton.
Her most recent poetry collection, What Enters the Mouth, was published in February 2017 by Standing Stone Books. It was praised by Ansel Elkins, author of Blue Yodel, who wrote “these are fearless poems—a reckoning of the violence of girlhood rendered with grit and clarity.” Forgetting the Salt, her first book of poetry, was published by Foothills Press in 2008. She won the Bea Gonzalez Poetry Prize for her poem “Motherhood.” Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Rhino, The Mississippi Review, The American Literary Review, Stone Canoe, Icon, The Hollins Critic, The Patterson Review, The Healing Muse and other journals. Her essay entitled “Blood and Chocolate” appears in the anthology Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. She has been both a poetry and fiction fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers in California and held residencies in poetry and creative nonfiction at the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in New York, and at The Studios at Mass MOCA. She has completed her first novel, entitled Running After Jesus, as well as her third collection of poetry, After Marriage. She is working on a collection of essays about race, love and violence.
Sarah recently served as the Interim Program Director and Academic Advisor for the McNair Program at Cornell’s Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives, which supports first-gen, low-income, underrepresented students of color. Currently she is a part-time lecturer at Cornell University and makes a home for two brilliant feminist girls in Ithaca, New York.
Sarah Jefferis's writing consultation business offers dissertations advisement, creative writing generative workshops for adults, teens, and children, and 1:1 consultations for literary manuscripts. Several of her students won awards for graduate school totaling $493,000 including the National Science Foundation grants and the Charles B. Rangal International Affairs Fellowship. Other clients have successfully published poems in literary journals. Some of her services include:
- Literary Consultant
- Manuscript Evaluation
- Graduate School Advisement
- Academic Tutor
- ESL Consultant
- Creative Writing Workshops
- Poetry Advisor
"Sarah Jefferis is my writing doula! She is a joyful spirit who truly celebrates the writing process. Sarah inspires us with recitations from the talented voices of poets among us, all the while coaxing and guiding our own creative force along. In the end, a new piece of writing inevitably emerges from within our sacred writing space. I would highly recommend Sarah's workshops."
"Sarah is a fantastic editor. She helped me work through some poems that needed a lot of help. She got right to the heart of things, could see where I was trying to go and gave me the tools to get there. And it doesn't hurt that she's really fun to work with!"
"Sarah Jefferis is a phenomenal workshop leader and writing coach. Her careful and focused feedback helps me develop my craft, while her thoughtful writing prompts and questions unearth the seeds of new work."
-Kate Frazer Devokaitis
"I know Sarah to be a most astute writer, editor, and educator, but more than that, she is exceptionally insightful and sensitive to what a work-in-progress is and what it can be. Her insights have always been incredibly helpful in my writing."
-José Antonio Rodríguez, author of the forthcoming House Built on Ashes: A Memoir
"Sarah Jefferis is a skilled writing coach and she helped guide me through the revision process of my manuscript. I was impressed by her insight and her ability to view the ‘big picture’ of my story and help me move towards a much stronger draft. I found Sarah personable and a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her as a writing coach."
"Working with Sarah is like receiving a personalized MFA class. My poetry and manuscripts are read in depth, followed by sensitive feedback and helpful resources. Discussing work with her is synergy too."
-Melissa, a private student