I offer a wide range of editorial services from nitty-gritty micro to intuitive macro edits, personal essay prep (for high school and/or college admissions), MFA applications, and full manuscript consultations.
My rates are reasonable and my offerings are tailored to fit your needs.
I haven't been a participant in a workshop in about 10 years, but I needed something or someone to push me out of my own dead space. We're all wide-eyed and eager early on but writing life is a whole thing and it can get you in bad ways. Every week, we brought our pages and every week, Sara brought the same level of enthusiasm and knowledge. She's your best cheerleader with a razor-sharp editorial eye. Your story hit an emotional wall? She has a craft talk for that. Your plot falls off a cliff? Here's a few recommended stories similar to yours that might help you. This workshop was the most high-caliber group I've been with in all my years of writing. My community has grown. I'll never get to lie in the grass outside my childhood home but this workshop felt pretty close. I'm re-energized. I feel lighter. I'm excited again
— STEPHANIE AUSTIN
Working with Sara Lippmann has been an incredible experience. As my editor and teacher, her commentary on my writing has been generous, heartfelt and encouraging. Her command of language and extensive knowledge of literature is evident and contributes to her ability to express her thoughts with precision and clarity. She is thorough, detailed and responsive. I fully trust that my writing is in capable hands when in hers.
— SUSAN FARWELL, MFA CANDIDATE AT THE WRITER'S FOUNDRY
Sara Lippmann teaches with heart. She invests in her students and their stories like no writing teacher I've encountered before. Her feedback is honest, insightful, and delivered in a way that always builds up, never tears down. She creates the space for people to bring their full selves to the page, to create work that is raw, to take risks. Sara's workshop has made me a better writer.
— SHAYNE TERRY
I spent 2+ in Sara’s workshop and it was a joy and honor from beginning till end. Her warmth, her generosity, and most of all, her detailed, constructive, feedback on my work were invaluable in developing the tools to continue my writing journey.
— AHARON MESHCHANINOV, MFA CANDIDATE AT HUNTER COLLEGE
Signing up for Sara Lippmann’s Short Form Fiction class was one of the best things I ever did for my writing. The classes were so fun and welcoming, and I came away with several stories marked up with Sara’s thoughtful and incisive feedback. With this new confidence and support, I decided that maybe I’d see if I could get into an MFA program. With Sara’s advice and encouragement, I applied using two stories I’d workshopped in our class, and was offered a fully-funded spot at the University of Montana. In other words, the class literally changed my life. I can’t recommend highly enough!
— DAVID QUEEN
Sara Lippmann will grow your writing, period. She’s supportive when it’s needed, and she’s direct as an exacto knife when it’s needed. Her casual expertise creates a safe community where you’ll be taken on your own terms but also pushed. Sara has an encyclopedic knowledge of every story or novel ever written and she will prescribe stuff that meets you at your personal edge. Oh and she’s a hilarious genius brave writer to boot! Her class makes my life better.
— BRIAN ZIMBLER
Sara Lippmann is the best creative writing teacher/editor I’ve ever worked with and runs the most effective workshop I’ve ever taken part in. My work has moved farther in the seven months I’ve worked with her in many years prior. Her questions, comments are always spot on, and mostly free of dogma and pedagogy which I try very hard to avoid. I cannot recommend her strongly enough. I have recommended to Sara that she increase her rates. I have paid far more for less value.
-LISA J. TRIGG
Sara Lippmann made me love workshops again. Her generosity and expertise created a safe and stimulating environment, where we were challenged to read closer, listen better, and trust our own vision. Her readings, prompts, and craft discussions were wonderful, and I felt a renewed energy to write and revise. I am so grateful for her guidance and the community she fosters.