Sarah Ellis Bates is a writer, designer, and educator living in Orlando, Florida, where she is currently a Quality Coach in Training & Development at Wiley Education Services. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) from George Mason University and was the 2016–17 MFA Thesis Fellow for fiction. She also holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Sarah’s prior roles include:

  • Youth Outreach Coordinator, Orange County Library System. At OCLS, Sarah developed community partnerships and opportunities, including the Orlando Magic, Leu Gardens, the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, and many more.
  • Director of Programs for the Deep Center, a literacy nonprofit in Savannah, Georgia. Sarah was responsible for the success of all Deep programs, including the Young Author Project, which was named one of 50 finalists for the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013 & 2014 (winner: 2015).

You can find Sarah on most social media platforms as @heybates.

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  1. njsherry says:

    I went to the Deep website; totally cool! I am an elementary teacher and would love it if we had something like this in my area :) Better, still, would like to teach there!

    • heybates says:

      That’s awesome! And thanks for liking our Facebook page. I love working for Deep, and have spent the last few years specifically working with out elementary kids and working on our elementary curriculum book. Working for Deep makes my heart so full. <3 We are gearing up to release TEN new books of student work from the spring semester–we are pumped! Thanks for the support, and maybe one day Deep WILL be in your area! (Also, check out thatwritinglady.com. It's our Executive Director's blog. You can also see our curriculum book there!)

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