Krista Sarraf

Krista’s passion for self-made literary culture drives her work as the Lead Facilitator for Write Local.

Her earliest writing memories are as a homeschooled 5th grader when she retreated to the backwoods of her family’s farm to pen short poems and stories. Even then, she knew she wanted to be a writer. But what does that mean? How does one pursue a writing career while putting food on the table? 15 years later, she founded Write Local to answer that question by encouraging young writers to pursue authorship.

In an attempt to develop her own writing passion, she earned her B.A. at Randolph-Macon College where she founded a student group of fellow artists and writers. Her senior year, she finally started her first major writing project, a dystopian novel. After earning her English and Art History degrees, she moved to D.C. and enrolled in a non-profit management training program. She continued to work on her novel in her free time.

Craving a return to literary art, she completed an M.A. program in Literature from James Madison University. It was during the M.A. program that Krista identified her interest in home-made literary culture and came up with the idea for Write Local; she decided to use her degree to give young writers an outlet for their creativity.

In addition to her work with Write Local, Krista teaches college composition and volunteers with a local hospice to build a life-story program.