MESSAGE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

In addition to teaching at The University of Chicago Graham School and Story Studio Chicago, Sarah works one-on-one with adult and teen writers.

Key characteristics of Sarah’s teaching style are:    

 

  • Sarah’s approach is flexible and intuitive. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her teaching style is informed by that foundation - but it is also based on her experience working hands-on with hundreds of writers, and her own experiences finding her voice.​

  • Sarah tailors her teaching to students' individual needs. Some students choose to meet with Sarah weekly, some bi-weekly, monthly or as-needed. Her beginner-level students are working on honing elements of craft such as plot, dialogue, characterization, tone and structure. Her more advanced students are creating novels, memoirs, short story collections and essays.

  • Sarah is committed to writing as a tool not just for monetary gain but for internal healing. While many of her students have their sights set on publication, she also works with plenty of students who want to process through their feelings and find meaning in their live’s narrative. 

  • Sarah also supports students in their professional writing goals. She nurtures students through the MFA application process, working with them to perfect their portfolios. She currently advises several students as they navigate the process of preparing manuscripts and querying agents. In addition, she consults, provide big picture feedback, and line level edits.

  • Sarah is an expert in writing for performance. With a background in acting, and as the founder of the Chicago Live Lit Series, Truth or Lie, she is also well-equipped to advise students writing for performance and storytelling. 

  • Sarah is committed to working with young adults. As part of her teaching at Story Studio, Sarah runs an annual Summer Creative Writing Camp for teens and loves working one-on-one with kids to help them tell their stories. 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or for references. Sarah is involved and accessible and, through a combination of reading, editing, in person or phone meetings, and ongoing email correspondence, she can tailor a coaching relationship to fit your specific needs. 

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“Working with Sarah has not only improved my fiction and essay writing, but helped me to commit fully to my writing practice. She is both supportive and honest, and she's repeatedly given me the guidance needed to take pieces from messy first draft to shiny, publishable stories. Can't recommend enough!”
Sarah Gouda, New York Writer

“Offering criticism is desperately hard when the object is as personal as a piece someone has created; Ms. Rosenblum manages to offer discussion, and useful and constructive criticism in a manner that the subject accepts, takes hold of, and is enthusiastic about.  I find it hard to express the excitement and interest that working with her has engendered. I can even find it in my heart to happily forgive her a completely unreasonable bias against adverbs.”
—Myles A Toomey,
Chicago philosopher and writer

“When you’re a young writer, it means the world to find a mentor who respects your process, takes your work seriously, and provides candid feedback. Over the past three years, Sarah has filled this role for me in an incomparable way. As a reader, she’s sharp, sympathetic, and insightful, picking up on everything from minute line-level miscalculations to the broadest thematic overtures of a piece—the ones the writer herself often isn’t aware of yet. She’s a lot of fun to work with, too, and I always look forward to our conversations.”

—Current student, MFA candidate at Johns Hopkins University