Sarah Saffian (M.F.A., Columbia) is the author of Ithaka, her memoir of being an adoptee who was found by her birth family. She also teaches memoir at Sarah Lawrence and works individually as a writing coach. Formerly a journalism professor at NYU and the New School, Sarah has written for publications including The New York TimesSmithsonian, and Yoga Journal, and has been a writer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Millay Colony. Also a therapist (LMSW, NYU), Sarah counsels individuals and groups with empathy, clarity, and humor, and blends her areas of interest and expertise in the Therapeutic Writing technique, using memoir prompts as a tool for encouraging reflection, processing, and discovery. This is Sarah’s tenth summer at the Festival. Do come visit:





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