B.A, GradDipJournalism, Cert Creative Writing
I feel fortunate that I get to spend my days doing what I love: talking to incredible people about their lives. I’ve worked on stories for high country farmers, para troopers, entrepreneurs, teachers, travelling salesmen, counsellors and missionaries and I'm now convinced there really is no such thing as an ordinary life.
Now based in Nelson, my qualifications include: a Bachelor of Arts degree (psychology major) from the University of Canterbury; a Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Aoraki Polytechnic and a Certificate in Creative Writing from NMIT. I’ve previously worked in marketing communications roles for Tasman Bay Food Group, Upshift, Dry Crust Communications and NMIT. In 2018 I completed an online Edit like an Expert course with Patricia Charpentier, author of the multi-award-winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time. In 2021 I completed an Essentials of Oral History workshop through the Alexander Turnbull Library. I am proud to be a member of Nelson Historical Society and NOHANZ (National Oral History Association of New Zealand).
"A great job"
"I have been waiting a long time for this – but well worth the wait. Sarah Ryder did a great job."
Life story writer: Sarah Ryder