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Sarah Elizabeth Schantz is a writer living in Colorado with her family. Her first novel, Fig, debuted from McElderry (a division at Simon & Schuster). Available in hardcover or trade paperback, Fig was A NPR Best Book of 2015 and won the 2016 Colorado Book Award. 

In addition to being faculty for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, a creative writing center based in Denver, Colorado, Schantz also teaches Creative Writing & Literature at Naropa University, and owns and operates her private creative writing workshop series, (W)rites of Passage. In addition to the numerous writing awards she has won (especially for her short fiction), Schantz has collected an impressive array of teaching awards such as Master Teacher of all Front Range Community College campuses (2016/2017) and the 2023 Beacon Award for Excellence in Teaching at Lighthouse. For more information about the workshops she teaches you can click on the NEWS & EVENTS or WORKSHOPS & SEMINARS tabs above. For more information regarding her private workshop series & one-on-one instruction, please visit:

To read her blog, click on the MAGICAL THINKING tab above. To ask Schantz any questions neither of her websites have answered, click on the CONTACT button at the top of this page or contact her literary agent, Heather Schroder at Compass Talent. 

This website is devoted to Schantz's writing and her writing pedagogy (both of which she blogs about in sporadic bursts). 


This website is also a phenomenological site for the daydream and the daydreamer.


Please dream here.

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From a review of Sarah Elizabeth Schantz's debut, Fig: "This beautifully written story is a painful look at mental illness. An element of fantasy weaves throughout the narrative, with Annie's tenuous grip on reality and Fig's magical thinking, and references to fairy tales, The Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland abound. This dense, literary tale starts slowly, but builds to become an incredibly haunting story about mental illness and family bonds."—School Library JournalOOKS
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