Consultations


I love working with writers on their manuscripts-in-progress. My consulting approach is straightforward: I help to make each project the most itself it can be, to intensify or deepen what is already there.

I have taught writing at Columbia University, The Fashion Institute of New York (SUNY), Boston College, Emerson College, and Grubstreet, and bring this decade's experience as a writing instructor to my one-on-one coaching and consultations.

Please contact me about my sliding-scale rates, and any questions you might have about working together.


Testimonials:


“Working with Sara has been such a positive experience. My writing has improved on both a macro and micro level - I've gotten more out of our one-on-one work than some of the 8-week classes I've taken. As an editor, she works hard to understand artistic intent, and she frames her (always incisive) notes accordingly, always delivering them with empathy and kindness. I have never felt more motivated to keep writing.”

- Natalie Lemle, Writer and Founder of art_works,
Boston, MA


“Sara is a sensitive and skillful reader. I was referred to her by a friend when I was stuck on a project that was difficult for me both as a piece of writing and emotionally. I knew it could easily be squashed or derailed if I showed it to the wrong person, so I was very careful. I'm so glad I showed it to Sara. She helped me decide beforehand what kind of feedback I needed (for instance, I was not looking for line-editing). The editorial letter she sent after reading my work was very thorough and made me feel that my project was worth completing and within my capacity. She gave me specific suggestions for how to proceed, pointed to the strengths of the manuscript, and showed me what wasn't working, and why. Bolstered by her response, I was able to write a new draft that I'm proud of.”

- Rose Gowen, Writer and Copy Editor,
Montréal, Canada


“Sara worked closely with me on my memoir manuscript. She gave me the big picture view of things - the time frame of episodes in my book, structure, and alternative ways to organize my material. She also took the time to wade through my work page by page, line by line to edit and give suggestions. I gained a lot from her insights and her painstaking attention to detail. She was honest and frank in her assessment of my book and I am grateful to her for her help.”


- Butch Meily, Writer and President of Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Manila, Philippines