Ms. Sarah Stone

California, United States

Member Since: 11/14/2011

Sarah Stone’s new novel, Hungry Ghost Theater, was published by WTAW Press in October 2018. Her previous novel, The True Sources of the Nile, has been taught in courses on literature, ethics, and the rhetoric of human rights. It was a BookSense 76 selection, has been translated into German and Dutch, and was included in Geoff Wisner’s A Basket of Leaves: 99 Books That Capture the Spirit of Africa. She’s the co-author, with her spouse and writing partner Ron Nyren, of the textbook Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Scoundrel Time; Ploughshares; StoryQuarterly; The Believer; the San Francisco Chronicle; The Millions; The Writer’s Chronicle; Dedicated to the People of Darfur: Writings on Fear, Risk, and Hope; and A Kite in the Wind: Fiction Writers on Their Craft, among other places.

She teaches creative writing for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and Stanford Continuing Studies. She has been awarded fellowships from the University of Michigan, where she received her MFA, and the Bread Loaf and Sewanee writers’ conferences. Earlier in her life, she worked as a psychiatric aide in a locked facility, a graveyard-shift waitress in the restaurant where everyone went after they’d been thrown out of all the bars in town, and an office worker in an apparently haunted massage/bodywork school in the Santa Cruz mountains. She has also written for Korean public television, reported on human rights in Burundi, and looked after orphan chimpanzees at the Jane Goodall Institute.


Twitter Username: @sstoneauthor


  • Hungry Ghost Theater , WTAW Press (October 10, 2018)
  • The Longman Guide to Intermediate and Advanced Fiction Writing (Writer's Reference) , Longman (March 14, 2007)
  • Deepening Fiction: A Practical Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Writers , Longman (October 15, 2004)
  • The True Sources of the Nile , Doubleday/Anchor (April 16, 2002)


  • Faculty at Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers (January 2009 - )
  • Faculty at Stanford Continuing Studies (April 2013 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (June 1998)

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry