“… an astonishingly smart writer.” Neil Gaiman

Welcome to my website. I’m Sarah Salway, a British poet, novelist, journalist, writing mentor and speaker.


digging up parad

As well as my own creative writing, I have a particular interest in Writing and Wellbeing, and offer courses, workshops and one-to-one mentoring in this field. Writing has been my own thread through life since I was given my own little five year diary – with a golden key – as a child. I can’t always spell properly, but my journal doesn’t mind, and now I love to work with people to help them rediscover the joy of both making up stories and also making sense of their worlds.

You can watch my TEDx talk on the power of the words we use here:

Writing has given me the chance to publish six books, to be a Hawthornden Fellow, former Canterbury Laureate, and to have been awarded international residential Fellowships twice from Virginia Center for Culture and Arts in the US. I have been part of the tutor team for both the MA in Creative Writing and Personal Development at the University of Sussex and the MA in Creative Writing at the University of Kent. As the Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science for three years, I supported students and staff with their academic writing, and ran creative writing workshops for the PhD programme. I’ve also been an RLF Fellow at the University of Kent in Canterbury.

I’m lucky – that golden key unlocked a lot!

outside workshops

Here you will find news of workshops and readings, book details, and my writing blog. You can go and look at my books  here.