Born in Toronto and raised in Cobourg and Trenton, Ontario, Sara Jewell graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, with English and Education degrees. From there, Sara went into radio, working as a news reader and morning show co-host for eight years in Bracebridge, Ontario; Vancouver, BC, and Cobourg.
At the age of 24, she published her first essay in The United Church Observer magazine and in 1999, she began a ten-year stint as a columnist. Her column received awards from the Associated Church Press and the Canadian Church Press. She published a well-received story, “Family Without Borders”, in May 2017. In 2018, the Observer re-branded as Broadview magazine and Sara continues to write for this award-winning magazine.
During this time, her work also appeared in publications such as Cottage Life, Maclean’s, and Chatelaine magazines as well as the Ottawa Citizen newspaper.
In her thirties, Sara moved in with her parents for five years to help take care of her father who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 60. Reg Jewell passed away in May 2009.
Since marrying a Nova Scotia country boy in 2007, Sara has published articles and essays in The Chronicle Herald, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Star newspapers, Reader’s Digest and More magazines, as well as the literary journal, Descant and on CBC Radio One. She publishes regularly in the award-winning East Coast magazine, Saltscapes, and for three years, her Field Notes columns continued in At Home On the North Shore magazine.
Her first book, a collection of essays entitled Field Notes: A City Girl’s Search for Heart and Home in Rural Nova Scotia, was published by Nimbus Publishing in October 2016. Her first work of fiction, Moon Tide, won the Writing For Children category in the 2015 Atlantic Writing Competition, and was published by Nimbus in the anthology, Winter, in the fall of 2017.
Her writing has been recognized by the Atlantic Journalism Awards, the International Regional Magazines Association and the Atlantic Community Newspaper Awards. In 2018, Sara’s essay, “The Trees Have Ears”, was a finalist in the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest.
Using her broadcasting, journalism and speaking skills, Sara works as a lay worship leader in the United Church of Canada, providing Sunday services to rural churches in need of pulpit supply.
Sara’s favourite quotes are: “To thine own self be true” (Shakespeare), and “Your persistence is your measure of faith in yourself” (author unknown).