All posts by Sarah Carriger

Sarah is the director of the International Writers’ Collective and teaches intermediate and advanced classes. She was a teacher with the Writers Studio NYC from 2011-2017 and also served as director of the Amsterdam branch. For her (part-time) day job, she consults with international (mainly nonprofit) research organisations to communicate their findings to policy makers and other stakeholders via print, social media and online. She is formerly a visiting professor in science communication at IE University in Madrid and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English Literature from Stanford University. Drawing inspiration from her southern US roots as well as her experiences traveling and living abroad, Sarah is always mid-draft on multiple short stories and, as many teachers in our Collective, is also working on her first novel.

What Sarah's students say


For the love of a good story

Jennifer van der Kwast started taking classes with the Collective in 2017—looking to connect with a writing community and reengage …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger1 October 2021

We are now an accredited educational institution

Some exciting news — as of this February, the International Writers’ Collective is an audited and accredited Dutch educational institution. …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger4 March 2020

Writing advice from Caoilinn Hughes

In July 2019, Irish writer Caoilinn Hughes gave a special master class with our instructor Karen Kao. Caoilinn is the …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger22 August 2019

Writing tips from Kristen Roupenian

In April 2019, Kristen Roupenian gave a special master class for our Amsterdam students (photos here). Kristen is the author …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger11 April 2019

Writing advice from Jennifer Clement

Award-winning novelist, poet, memoirist and PEN International president, Jennifer Clement gave a special master class for our students in January …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger20 February 2019

5 science-backed tips to boost creativity

As writers, we live for those moments when our connection to our imagination is strong and the words pour out …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger15 August 2018

Top 10 tips for writing powerful dialogue

It’s happened to all of us. You’re trying to write an emotionally engaging scene and your dialogue comes out sounding …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger12 July 2018

Writing advice from A.M. Homes

In April 2018 American author A.M. Homes gave a special craft talk for out students with loads of great writing …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger30 May 2018

5 tips on journaling to become a better writer

Want to become a better writer? Start journaling! Journaling will make your writing richer and help you avoid writer’s block. We …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger14 April 2018

Great places to submit: Amsterdam edition

This month we’re highlighting publishing opportunities close to home. Get familiar with Amsterdam’s local literary journals! You don’t have to …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger7 April 2018

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