Sarah Sundin is an ECPA- and CBA-bestselling author of World War II novels, including When Twilight Breaks. Her novel The Land Beneath Us was a 2020 Christy Award finalist, The Sky Above Us won the 2020 Carol Award, The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Readers Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love, and When Tides Turn and Through Waters Deep were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.”A mother of three adult children, Sarah lives in northern California and enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups. She serves as Co-Director for the West Coast Christian Writers Conference.
For Community Groups, Schools, or Libraries
- Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends. The World War II era was a fascinating time for women. They took new jobs in the military or in factories, they volunteered on the Home Front, and they lived by the motto, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Using the posters of World War II, we’ll explore how women dealt with these great challenges, and we’ll be inspired by their commitment to work, community, and home.
- Birth of a Novel: The process of writing a novel and/or conducting historical research.
- Writing Is Re–Writing: Appropriate for public schools, private schools, or homeschool groups, upper elementary through high school—also works well on Skype. Students hate editing their work! This workshop details the many levels of edits professional writers go through, using actual marked-up pages, and describes what the author looks for at each level.
For Church Groups
- Sentimental Journey: Looking to the Past, Strengthening the Present
- Lessons from the 1940s Woman: What Women of Today Can Learn from Rosie the Riveter and Her Friends. The World War II era was a fascinating time for women. They took new jobs in the military or in factories, they volunteered on the Home Front, and they lived by the motto, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.” Using the posters of World War II, we’ll explore how women dealt with these great challenges, and we’ll be inspired by their commitment to work, community, home, and the Lord.
- Diapers and Dreams. For Mothers of Preschoolers or similar groups. You’re a mom! For most women, that’s the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. But you don’t stop being YOU, with your personal dreams and interests. In this workshop, we take a look at our dreams and discuss practical tips on what to do with them when you have little ones at home.
- Shoving off Shame. For women’s groups. How to rise above shame and live the life God intended for you. Shame is the voice in our heads saying, “I’m a horrible person. I’m not worthy. God could never use me,” and it’s one of Satan’s favorite—and most effective—weapons to incapacitate us. We’ll look at how God doesn’t want us to live under a heavy cloak of shame because Christ redeems us, covers us, and restores us. Plus we’ll look at tools for shoving off shame.
- In God’s Waiting Room. For women’s groups as a workshop or a weekend retreat. All of us go through seasons of waiting in life. In fact, waiting seems to be one of the Lord’s favorite teaching methods. While we sit in God’s waiting room, we can let the Muzak get to us and give way to fear, doubt, and despair, or we can flip through God’s Magazine and learn how to trust Him, seek Him, and live in hope. Together we can allow the Lord to turn waiting from trial to triumph.
- Through the Storm. For women’s groups. Storms in life are inevitable. They pound you, wear you down, toss you around, and threaten to drown you. The apostle Paul faced many life storms before facing a literal storm at sea in Acts 27. We’ll look at Paul’s thrilling sea adventure, which offers practical principles for dealing with the storms of life.
- Simplify Christmas: For women’s groups. Does Christmas bring more stress than joy? More chaos than peace? We’ll look at the reasons to simplify our holidays and some practical tips for doing so. Let’s move from pressure, guilt, comparison, and debt to a true celebration!
- Historical Research for Fiction Writers: Enrich and Deepen Your Story. Accurate details in historical fiction lend authenticity and color. We will discuss principles of conducting historical research, resources to explore, and how to document and organize your research.
- How to Make Historical Fiction Come to Life: In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to bring the past to life through plotting, characterization, and setting, and we’ll learn how to weave in historical details in a way that enlightens readers but never overwhelms them or bogs down the story.
- More Than Skin Deep—Crafting Characters Who Resonate with Readers. Every author wants characters who feel real to the reader—characters with strengths and weaknesses, quirks and flaws, hurts and secrets and fears and dreams. In this workshop we’ll explore how to delve into nature, nurture, and experience to craft memorable and believable characters.
- No Missed Deadlines—Making Friends with Goals, Calendars, and Charts: Writing for publication means deadlines—not only for manuscripts, but for publisher’s title questionnaires, blog interviews, endorsement requests, and more. Without a system of organization, things can fall through the cracks, tainting our professional reputation. In this workshop, we’ll explore practical ways to track assignments and manage goals, using calendars and charts and files.
- Story Structure as Plotting Tool: An understanding of traditional story structure can be useful when you plot a novel. Analyzing your plot according to the Hero’s Journey model can reveal places where your story is weak or lacking, and can show you ways to improve.