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.

Her new memoir, Going to Wings, was released 2017 from Third Lung Press. This memoir is a book about reconciling the conflicts between spirituality / religion, sexuality, mother and daughter, and self. She lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, with her spouse and their two dogs.

Her most recent publication, Patterns, was released 2018 from Third Lung Press.   This collection of short stories that take the reader into the lives of a wife who can’t stop herself from washing and cleaning, to a grocery store check-out clerk who attempts to find her life’s meaning in selling cosmetics, to a woman who buries a letter from her daughter-in-law in her garden, to a teenage girl who falls in love with her teacher. Mining the small southern town of Milledgeville, Georgia, the author unravels a tapestry of real people who live their lives the best they can, while rising above the mundane to find grace.

Essential Ingredients
Study Guide

Essential Ingredients: Recipes for Teaching Writing

Editor, ASCD, December, 2001

Top customer reviews

D. Atkin

February 8, 2002  


Everybody Has a Story to Tell: Stories of Flannery O’Connor’s Milledgeville

Editor, Written by Students, D.C.Graphics, Publisher; 1999

 A “Festival for Youth” Project sponsored by  The Milken Family Foundation Created  by the Students of Baldwin High School under the Direction of Sandra Worsham

This publication is a collection of stories gathered by the students of Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, Georgia. The stories come from interviews conducted with Senior Citizens throughout Milledgeville.


Short Stories Published

  • “Significant Loss,” Paris Press, forthcoming
  • “The Traveling Shoe,” Midway Journal, October, 2015
  • “Blank Spaces,” finalist, Glimmer Train, October, 2014
  • “The Ola Dress,” second place, Gemini Magazine, August, 2014
  • “With Urgency for Time,” finalist, Glimmer Train, Spring, 2013
  • “Pinnacle,” 1st in Fiction, Red Hen Press competition, published in Los Angeles Review, 2008
  • “Medusa,” Opium Magazine, 2007
  • “The Washer’s Husband,” Memphis Magazine, March, 1987
  • “Transit,” Carolina Quarterly, winter, 1986

  • “The Cows Chew Loud in Offspring,” Carolina Quarterly, spring/summer, 1979
  • “Transients,” Ordinary Time, Winning Poems and Short Stories, The Church and the Artist Literary Competition, Archdiocese of Seattle
  • “The Hat,” Ascent, 13, No.1, 1987
  • “The Swimming Hole,” The Chattahoochee Review, Spring, 1988
  • “Buster’s Night Out,” Western Humanities Review, Summer, 1980
  • “Big Productions,” Ascent, 1985, Volume 10, No. 3
  • “Waiting,” First place winning story, Octoberfest I,1985, published by Druid Press, Birmingham, Alabam

Articles Published

  • “Creative Writing from the Land of Flannery O’Connor: Why We Need to Publish Students’ Work,” Fall, 1999, ARTE, Assembly of Rural Teachers of English
  • “Five Good Writing Ideas” Teachers & Writers Collaborative, June, 1996
  • “North Meets South through Writing and Video,” March, 1993, English Journal, co-authored with Nancy Krim

  • “Making Winners of the No-Win Track,” October, 1993, English Journal
  • “A Model for Composing: The Odyssey, the Epiphany, and the Rocking Horse Winner,” Focus, Ohio University, Spring, 1981
  • “Creative Writing: the Art of Becoming Real,” Georgia English Counselor, Fall, 1980

Sample Presentations, Speeches, Workshops, Consulting

  • Workshops for Teachers “Differentiated Instruction,” various cities for the past several years
  • Making Reluctant Writers Want to Write, Columbus, GA, summer, 2011 and 2012
  • “Making Winners of the No-Win Track,” North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, December, 1990-2013, bi-annually
  • “Outstanding Lessons and Techniques for Motivating Reluctant
  • Writers,” Phoenix, Arizona, April, 2003, ASCD Institute
  • “Making School Writing Real: Using the Methods of Real Writers to
  • Create Student Authors,” ASCD, March, 2002
  • “Outstanding Lessons and Techniques for Motivating Reluctant Writers,” Georgia Middle School Association Conference, Savannah, February, 2002
  • “Outstanding Lessons and Techniques for Motivating Reluctant Writers,”


  • Seminars for Educational Excellence; on tour throughout the United States, 1997-2001
  • Staff Development, freelance, California, Illinois, Texas, Kentucky, North Carolina, 1998-2002
  • “Addressing the Black Male Crisis in the Language Arts Classroom,” NCTE, Louisville, KY, 1992
  • “Teachers and Writers Helping One Another; The Peer Writing Group in Action,” NCTE, Atlanta, 1990
  • “The Helping Circle,” NCTE, Atlanta, 1990
  • “It’s all the Same: Teaching writing to All Ability Levels,” NCTE, Baltimore, 1989
  • “Writing for Fun and Fluency: A Writing Program for Basic Students,” NCTE, Ohio, November, 1980
  • “The Helping Circle: A Model for Learning,” Conference on English Education, Anaheim, CA, 1981