Sarah Ellis Bates is a writer, designer, & educator living in Fairfax, Virginia. She is currently a candidate for an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) at George Mason University, where she is also the recipient of the 2016-17 MFA Thesis Fellowship in Fiction.
She writes using her middle name, Ellis, and is working on her first novel, The Left & the Leaving. She documents the process at Discovering Althea.
Sarah is the former Director of Programs for the Deep Center, a literacy nonprofit in Savannah, Georgia. As DP, 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.
You can find Sarah on most social media platforms as @heybates.