Sara Jewell began writing at the age of 12 and published her first article — about outdoor education — in 1994. The following year, she published her first article in The United Church Observer, which began a working relationship with the publication that continues to this day, with the magazine now rebranded as Broadview.
Born in Toronto and raised in Cobourg and Trenton, Ontario, Sara Jewell graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, with English and Education degrees. Since then, Sara has worked as a radio newscaster and morning show co-host in Ontario and Vancouver, a substitute teacher, a graphic designer and columnist for a community newspaper, and a lay worship leader with the United Church of Canada.
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.
After marrying a Nova Scotia country boy in 2007, Sara continued to publish articles and essays in newspapers and magazines in Ontario and Nova Scotia, including the award-winning East Coast magazine, Saltscapes. For three years, her Field Notes column, from the local newspaper, 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 next book, An Alphabet of Faith, will be published in the fall of 2021 by Wood Lake Books, and her children’s book, I Built A Cabin, is coming out with Running the Goat Press in 2023.
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 Canadian Church Press, the Associate Church Press, 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.
The daughter of a funeral director, Sara finds herself writing more and more about death and grief, and currently is studying for a certificate in Thanatology, the study of death and bereavement.
One of her favourite quotes is: “Your persistence is your measure of faith in yourself.” (author unknown)