Sara Jewell is the author of "Field Notes: A City Girl's Search for Heart and Home in Rural Nova Scotia," published in the fall of 2016 by Nimbus Publishing. It is a collection of essays inspired by her bi-weekly community newspaper column, Field Notes, for which she was an Atlantic Community Newspaper Awards finalist in 2013. The collection also includes several articles she published in Saltscapes magazine and the Chronicle-Herald newspaper.
As well as being a freelance writer, Sara has worked as a radio newscaster, a graphic designer, a substitute teacher and a lay worship leader. Since beginning her professional writing career in 1994, Sara has published a variety of articles, essays and columns in magazines and newspapers across Canada, including The United Church Observer, Reader's Digest and magazines, as well as the literary journal Descant.
In 2014-2015, Sara wrote a bi-monthly column for the Chronicle-Herald called "A Year in 4H". She spent a year with her local 4H club, experiencing the organization as a member.
Sara's published writing has received several awards since 2005, most recently an Atlantic Journalism Award (Silver) in 2012 and an IRMA award (Bronze) in 2015.
In a radical but exciting departure, the manuscript for a children's book titled "Moon Tide" won the Joyce Barkhouse Prize for Children's Writing in the 2015 Atlantic Writing Competition. It was published by Nimbus in an anthology called "Winter" in the fall of 2017.
Her essay, "The Trees Have Ears," was longlisted for The New Quarterly's 2018 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.Awards
International Regional Magazine Assocation awards, 2015: Bronze in Personal Essay for "At the Bideau", published in the March/April 2014 issue of Saltscapes magazine.
Standing Finalist, 2012 Atlantic Community Newspaper Awards, for Best Specialty Column ("Field Notes" in The Oxford Journal).
International Regional Magazine Assocation awards, 2011: Award of Merit for article, "Circle of Life", published in Saltscapes magazine, Sept/Oct. 2011.
Silver Finalist in Magazine Article Category, 2011 Atlantic Journalism Awards
Canadian Church Press, 2006: Third Place for Magazine Column.
Associated Church Press Awards, 2005: Award of Merit for column, Honourable Mention, "Most Personally Useful Article".