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Sara de Waard

Sara de Waard

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Born and raised on the wrong side of the tracks, teacher, author and screenwriter Sara de Waard uses her past to create present and future pieces that comfort, inspire and entertain a wide range of audiences. She hopes to always find ways to give back to her heritage, communities, family and peers. Her long writing journey has never been easy but it's been a surefire catharsis that enables her to heal, feel and thrive. Sara is mom to two amazing kids, Isaac and Ava, who will never be too big to fit in her loving arms. She is thankful to them, always, as she knows that chasing her dreams took its toll. Accolades include: WHITE LIES novel in publication (DCB/Cormorant Books, coming 2022), screenwriting competition nods: Two-time 2nd Rounder Austin Writer's Conference (WAKING CHARLIE & DEFY), Page Semi-Finalist (DINNER FOR FOUR), Sundance Table Read Honourable Mention (TRAINWRECK).



WHITE LIES. DCB/Cormorant, 2022
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

PRESENTATION (45-60mins each, <300pp audience)- Along with a glimpse into her novel WHITE LIES, including an excerpt reading, author Sara de Waard will discuss how writing can be a healthy expression of and/or healthy escape from one's emotions. Trained as a screenwriter, de Waard will teach the students critical Media Literacy skills using screenplay examples. She will also talk the students through the writer's journey and introduce various creative occupations in the industry. 

Presentation Length:
45-60mins/presentation, 30mins/workshop
Young Adult - Mental Health, Media Literacy, Writing, Drama
Suggested 7 thru 12
Audience Size:
<300pp/presentation (min 1 pres. session/day, max. 2 pres. sessions/day) and <30pp/workshop (max. 3 workshop sessions/day) - NOTE: visit includes minimum THREE combined sessions, maximum FOUR combined sessions (e.g. 1 presentation and 3 workshops)
Workshop Description:

WORKSHOP (30mins each, <30pp attending) - Author and screenwriter Sara de Waard will facilitate fun and entertaining dramatic arts improvisational activities to highlight effective story, conflict and dialogue choices more thoroughly. 

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