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.

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Writing insights from Jennifer Egan

Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jennifer Egan on harnessing the power of the subconscious, incorporating research into your fiction, writing a …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger12 March 2018

5 quotes to write by

We love a good inspirational quote and we’ve been collecting for years. Here are some of our favourite quotes for …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger1 February 2018

8 tips for nailing your first public reading

I remember the first time I read my fiction in front of an audience. Sitting there, listening to the readers …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger1 January 2018

An evening with Colson Whitehead

Growing up, Colson Whitehead spent hours alone in his room reading comic books and sci-fi novels. ‘I was practically a …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger13 December 2017

5 great places to submit if you hate to wait

Part of the pain of submitting is waiting and waiting and waiting to hear if your piece is accepted. Response …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger20 November 2017

5 exercises for beating writer’s block

Every writer fears it: WRITER’S BLOCK. The words alone are enough to make even the most stalwart of writers shudder …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger10 November 2017

Where do authors find inspiration?

So many amazing international authors visited Amsterdam and The Hague over the past few weeks: Nicole Krauss, Mohsin Hamid, Jeanette …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger26 September 2017

5 tips for getting published

What does it take to get published in a literary journal? We get a lot of questions along these lines …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger15 September 2017

6 great places for themed submissions

Submitting for a themed issue can narrow the playing field and improve your chances of having your piece accepted. Below …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger25 August 2017

5 great places to submit your short stories

We’ve done flash fiction, we’ve done poetry, and now it’s your turn, short story writers! Here are five great places to submit. All the …Read More

Profile PhotoSarah Carriger10 August 2017

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