(c) Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

(c) Joanna Eldredge Morrissey

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Are you looking for someone to speak at your event, coach you in your writing/give manuscript feedback, contribute to your publication? My bio should give you a sense of my skill set, but if there's something else you are interested in that you don't see here, just ask via the contact form at the bottom left of this page. Don't be shy! I’m flexible and can usually try to work with your budget.

If you contact me about manuscript consulting, tell me a little bit about your project, where you are with it or where you’re stuck, and what you think you might be looking for. Then we can go from there. Also, please note that while I can certainly tell you what I know or can guess about publishing, and am happy to answer any publishing-related questions to the best of my ability, my focus would be on writing and tory craft— working with me is no guarantee of publication or finding an agent! Anyone who promises that is…wrong.


Sara Zarr is the acclaimed author of six novels for young adults, plus a collaborative novel with Tara Altebrando. Her most recent work is Gem & Dixie, published by Balzer+Bray in April 2017. She’s a National Book Award finalist and two-time Utah Book Award winner. Her books have been variously named to annual best books lists of the American Library Association, Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, the Guardian, the International Reading Association, the New York Public Library and Los Angeles Public Library, and have been translated into many languages.

In 2010, she served as a judge for the National Book Award. She has written essays, creative nonfiction, and short fiction for ImageHunger Mountain onlineResponse, and Relief Journal as well as for several anthologies, and has been a regular contributor to Image‘s daily Good Letters blog on faith, life, and culture. From 2012-2015, Sara also hosted and produced the This Creative Life podcast. In fall 2014, she received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship.

From 2013-2015, Sara taught for Lesley University's Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Sara has also run workshops at the Writing Barn, The Glen Workshop, and the Big Sur Writing Workshop. For the last decade, she has been a featured or keynote speaker at various national and regional conferences.