Sarah Priestman

Sarah Priestman

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Offers online services
Offers online services


I bring ten years of teaching in public schools AND decades of experience in writing/editing/publishing. I've worked with students on literacy and reading-comprehension, test-taking skills, writing and ESL in Fairfax and Arlington County public schools, and have edited essays for many college-bound high school students.

I can work with students in reading and writing at any level, and bring an understanding of learning and literacy- challenges from basic elementary school reading skills to creating strong college-level essays. I understand the difficulties of reading and writing, and work with each student at their own level to help them succeed.

My work has been published in The Hudson Review, Entropy, and The Washingtonian ( My essays have been listed in the "notable" section of America's Best Essays, been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and awarded for "excellence" by the DC Commission on the Arts and with the Barry Lopez prize for creative nonfiction by Cuthroat Journal.

I enjoy working with students to help them develop skills and strategies, which in turns builds confidence and creates success. I enjoy working with students and adults on all elements of writing.


Hired 1 time
1 employee
4 years in business
Serves Arlington, VA
Offers online services

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Nishita B.

Ms.Priestman was invaluable when I wrote my college admissions essays. She improved the structure and tone of my work, and helped me work through many ideas. When I was accepted to one of my top schools, their acceptance letter specifically mentioned that my essay made a real difference.
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January 12, 2020

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I will ask you what you're looking for, what would be most helpful, and how you like to work with tutors.

I am certified to teach in the Commonwelath of Virginia and have an MFA in Creative Writing from American University.

$50/ hour, though I am flexible, depending on the project.

Through a love of education and being in the classroom. 

I have worked with students who are new to the country and are struggling with language, with students of all ages and backgrounds who need support in reading comprehension and test-taking, with seniors in high school needing editing help on their college admission essays, and with adults who have manuscripts they'd like to develop into books.

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