...a brave collection that wrestles with loss and pain, and strides beautifully into a power and wildness of womanhood that refuses to be contained.
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Dr. Sarah Jefferis is an author, editor, mentor, and CEO of Write.Now.
Services offered by Sarah through Write.Now. include:
- Empowering workshops that honor the artistic spirit, and help people develop confident voices and make peace with their bodies.
- Reflective Writing workshops that help sexual assault survivors use writing as a healing modality.
- 1:1 writing coaching, assistance with brainstorming, revision, editing, organization, structure and cohesion.
- Dissertation advisement, essay creation, manuscript evaluation, and poetry critiques.
- Sarah offers poetry readings or lectures on surviving sexual trauma, growing up economically disadvantaged, 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. Forgetting the Salt, her first book of poetry, was published by Foothills Press in 2008. 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. Her poems and nonfiction have appeared in Rhino, The Mississippi Review, The American Literary Review, Stone Canoe, Cimarron Review, The Hollins Critic, The Patterson Review, The Healing Muse and other journals. She has completed her first novel, entitled Running After Jesus, as well as her third collection of poetry, After Marriage.
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
The Diocesan Ministry Fair: Writing as Healing: ReImagining the Divine for Survivors of Sexual Assault
In collaboration with Rev. Taylor Daynes, hear Sarah's talk "Writing as Healing: ReImagining the Divine for Survivors of Sexual Assault" at the remote Diocese of Syracuse Ministry Fair.Find out more »