...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 based in Ithaca, New York. Through her consultant business, Write. Now., Sarah serves as a 1:1 writing coach, facilitates generative workshops on the creative process and the importance of vulnerability, and offers content and/or copy editing services for clients and organizations across the world. As someone whose leadership exists across three domains—strategic, relationship building, and influencing—she always employs her five strengths of woo, connectedness, strategic, intellection, and input to empower writers across multiple genres. Several of her clients won awards for graduate school totaling $493,000 including the National Science Foundation grants and the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. Other clients have successfully published poems in literary journals.
Sarah's first poetry book, Forgetting the Salt 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, Icarus, The Healing Muse and other journals. Her essay, entitled, “Blood and Chocolate,” appears in an anthology entitled 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 fellow and fiction fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers Center in California.
Sarah holds an M.A. from Hollins University, an M.F.A. (Poetry) from Cornell University and a PhD (Memoir) from SUNY Binghamton. She is working on completing her first novel, entitled Running After Jesus, and a collection of essays on grief. Currently she lives in Ithaca, NY with her two daughters.
Sarah’s writing consultant business, Write. Now., offers writing workshops, copyediting, and public speaking services to writers. Several of her students won awards for graduate school totaling $493,000 including National Science Foundation grants and the Charles B. Rangal International Affairs Fellowship. Other clients have successfully published poems in literary journals.
- 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