The Author

Sandra Worsham’s stories have been published in Memphis Magazine, Carolina Quarterly, Western

Humanities Review, Ascent, and Chattahoochee Review, among others.  She won First in Fiction in the Red Hen Press competition, and her story “Pinnacle” was published in the 2008 Los Angeles Review. Two of her stories were Finalists at Glimmer Train.

After she retired from teaching writing to high school students for thirty years, her book on teaching writing, Essential Ingredients:  Recipes for Teaching Writing, was published by ASCD in 2001. She was Georgia’s 1982 Teacher of the Year and a 1992 Milken Award Winner. In 2000, she was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. In June, 2006, she received her MFA in Fiction from Bennington College. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, with her spouse and their two dogs.

Her memoir, Going to Wings, was published in August, 2017, by Third Lung Press.


  • Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont, 2006, Masters in Fine Arts in Writing and Literature
  • University of Georgia, 1980, Education Specialist, English Education
  • Georgia College, 1974, Masters in Education, English Education
  • Georgia Southern College, 1969, Bachelor of Arts, English and Spanish

Professional Experience

  • Baldwin High School; Milledgeville, GA; English / Writing Teacher; Grades 9-12 At-Risk and Advanced Placement 1972-2000
  • Creator and Sustainer of the “Celebration of Writing,” a county-wide student writing awards program, 1981 to present
  • Creator and Sustainer of the Rain Dance Review, a high school literary magazine that published all ability levels of students, 1981 to 2001
  • Georgia College & State University; Milledgeville, GA; The Art of Teaching Writing to Elementary and Middle School Teachers; 1997 to 1999
  • The Midway Center for failing Ninth Graders, 1995-1999



  • Georgia College; Milledgeville, GA; English Education course for prospective English teachers; Winter, 1994
  • Georgia College; Milledgeville, GA; Remedial Essay-Writing course to prepare students for the GA Regents’ Essay Test; 1979-1980
  • Georgia Military College; Milledgeville, GA; English 101 teacher; 1976-1979
  • John Milledge Academy; Milledgeville, GA; English Teacher; grades 8-12; 1971-1972
  • Jones County High School; Gray, GA; English and Spanish Teacher; 1969-1971


Honors or awards received

  • 2002 Governor’s Award in the Humanities
  • 2000 National Teachers Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1992, Winner of a $25,000 Milken National Educator Award
  • 1992, Alumni Achievement Award, GA College & State University
  • 1990, First Place in Fiction, Sandhills Writers’ Conference



  • 1987 and 1988, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference
  • 1985, Outstanding Young Alumni Award, GA College & State University
  • 1988, Christa McAuliffe Fellowship, Alternate
  • 1982, Georgia Teacher of the Year