I’m Sara Rauch, an author, editor, writing instructor, and all-around book lover from Massachusetts. My books include a short story collection, What Shines from It, and an autobiographical essay, XO.

Why is my newsletter called The Conduit?

I think of writing as a type of magic, and I want to show you behind the scenes of what the process looks like. Here at The Conduit, I send (bi-)monthly dispatches talking about the writing life and the reading life, with some photos thrown in for good measure. This isn’t your standard craft advice—because while I know craft is important to writing, I’m more interested in the alchemy that bubbles just under the surface of any good story.

As Ruth Ozeki so eloquently questioned in The Book of Form and Emptiness, “Are words the conduit through which your desire travels, or are they just an afterthought, an add-on, a trick of your human mind to justify the prelinguistic itch that prefigures it?”

Maybe all of the above, and more? Join The Conduit’s community—and plug in to the wild electric current of books and writing.