...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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Coaching You to Your Next Best Sentence
I am the founder and CEO of Write.Now. As a result of working with me, my clients transform their creative ideas about a project into a final product, they expand their sentences into paragraphs and those paragraphs into pages as they find their courageous voices and trust the writing process.
Commit to Finding the Writer Within
Work with me 1:1 or in group workshops to imagine and revise your writing, whether it be creative writing or your dissertation. Connect with and be inspired by other writers ready to offer you feedback and support. Collaborate With Me.
Write What They Told You Not to Say Out Loud
My poetry readings and lectures on surviving sexual trauma, growing up economically disadvantaged, spirituality, and the writing process can help you and your students move from post-traumatic stress to post-traumatic growth. Invite me to speak to your community
"Sarah is a wonderful writing coach. From the inception of our time together she took special care in understanding my project and helping my vision come to life. She knows how to refine and inspire writers to bring out their IT factor and value. She has exceptional attention to detail and work ethic. Because of our time together, I am so much more confident and proud of my book manuscript. I will continue to use Sarah time and time again for writing projects in the future."
- Nofisat Almaroof
"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 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."
"These days, I find myself writing for Sarah. As I put words together, I think of how she might read this sentence or that line. I see her face: smiling, smirking, biting her lip before she says: 'Do you need three adjectives or is one enough?'
Over the years, I've developed a better ear for what is overwritten or unnecessary. I've learned to curate my words. I look forward to our conversations and always learn something that I come to realize I cannot live without."
"Sarah Jefferis’ style of coaching inspired me to be my full creative self. She intertwined honesty and motivation, pushing me to strive for my very best. I not only learned from the strategies she taught me but enjoyed them. Every writing exercise turned on a new light bulb, getting me closer to my end goal. The entire experience strengthened my belief in myself as a writer. I credit her for the completion of my first book."
- Tamara Butts
"Extremely helpful wordsmithing and a very refined way of looking at words."
- Christia Nunez
"My book, 'A Woman's Guide to Claiming Space: Stand Tall. Raise Your Voice. Be Heard' will be published by Berrett Koehler in the Spring of 2021. Berrett Koehler was my first choice, and I feel incredibly fortunate that I will soon realize my dream of being a published author!
I can say, with absolute confidence, that if Sarah had not worked with every last page of the draft I sent to my team I would have found this level of success. Sarah is detailed and she listens. She does not co-opt your voice, but instead enhances it through a gentle but pointed collaborative process.
Her suggestions are always spot on and edifying. Finally, the mark of a great teacher is if they teach you to fish, and Sarah does just that. In the process of helping me craft the first draft of my book, she made me a better writer."
- Eliza VanCort
"I discovered Sarah's Write.Now. editorial services through a social media platform- probably Linkedin- and read more of her profile summary through Cornell's website. I easily reached out to her, she was quick to respond, and was excellent in initiating professional work together
I presented a manuscript of over 100 pages of poetry that she surveyed and gave me realistic options for three different degrees of editing she could provide. Sarah upheld and met every detail of our contract. She reviewed my writing thoroughly and gave feedback on grammar, style, and mechanics. She was compassionately constructive in her feedback and seemed to meet me where I was at in my competencies as a writer, awhile leading me further in my potential
She gave me good guidance and encouragement in publishing my work. She provided numerous resources on editing techniques and resources on publishing throughout the process. I am staying in contact with Sarah to utilize her editing services for my next serious project of writing."
- Brian Cobb