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“The writer who cannot distinguish truth from a peanut-butter sandwich can never write good fiction.”
– John Gardner, The Art of Fiction

Sarah Reck is the senior digital marketing manager at the Heinz History Center. She lives, designs, and writes in Pittsburgh, Pa. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and MA in English from Chapman University and did her undergraduate work at Lycoming College.


More About Me



“Being involved in politics, in any way, is an act of hope.”

— Pete Buttigieg


The Fun Stuff

  • Playlist: The End of the World
    A special playlist curated for the end of the world, featuring R.E.M., Prince, U2, Linkin Park, Johnny Cash, Bastille, and more.

“The belief that and should not be used to begin a sentence is without foundation. And that’s all there is to it.”

— Bill Bryson, Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words


My Writing

Flash Fiction“On the Tracks”

featured in the October 2017 edition of Ghost Parachute

Mick is a rough-and-tumble sort of kid. He smokes a pack a day that he steals from the drugstore while his buddies knock over the magazine racks so the pretty girl behind the counter screams at them and chases them all out with a rolled magazine. He likes to tell stories from the train yard, where he lays spread eagle on the gravel beside the tracks and puffs smoke at the clouds.

Read more.


Current Projects

I’m currently 21K words into a historical fiction work that is somewhat based on the life of my maternal grandmother.

My grandmother c. 1942

Past Projects

Completed novels (unpublished):

+ “The Rules of Summer Camp” (YA contemporary)
+ “Swept Away” (YA speculative)
+ “First to Find” (YA contemporary)
+ “Birthright” (YA steampunk)
+ “In-Between & Ever After” (YA contemporary/speculative)

Unfinished novels:

+ “No More Sinned Against” (contemporary fiction)


Making History Blog

Enjoy several posts I’ve written for the History Center’s blog, which I also manage.

Contact: sarah at sarahreck dot com.