Sarah W. Bartlett is a long-time writing midwife for women to empower voice and celebrate change. Since 1993 when she first joined Women Writing for (a) Change® she has lived the practices of that creative writing community. Licensed in 2004 to operate her own WomenWritingVT program, she establish the framework for writing inside VT on the same proven model. She holds a BA from Cornell University and MA and ScD from Harvard University. Her writing has been published in respected academic and literary journals as well as highly-acclaimed anthologies.
In late 2009, Sarah invited Marybeth Christie Redmond to join her in creating a writing program inside Vermont’s sole women’s prison. Together they co-founded writing inside VT in January 2010. A writer-journalist for more than 25 years, Marybeth uses story-telling to advance the dignity of people and create social change. She is occasional commentator for Vermont Public Radio. She holds a BA from University of Notre Dame and MA from Columbia School of Journalism
Currently, Meg Reynolds co-directs and co-facilitates the program with Sarah. Meg is a local teacher, writer, and artist. She holds her BA in English, Arts and Visual Culture from Bates College and her MFA in poetry from Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine. She is co-founder of Pine Street Poets whose self-titled chapbook was recently published through Honeybee Press; and is collecting her own growing list of publications.
Each week an assistant accompanies the facilitator. Current assistants include Tobe Zalinger, MSW, counselor/therapist with underserved populations, special health needs children, and women; Melissa Pasanen, author, long-time features journalist, school reading/writing tutor, mentor; Victoria Irwin, BFA in art education, certified reflexologist and massage therapist; and Dorsey Naylor, MSW, retired from VT Children’s Aid Society; Emilie Stigliani, journalist and AmeriCorps teacher; and Maggie Holt, PT and whole-life healer.