Sarah Wayland

Writer / Counsellor / Speaker

A successful Sydney based freelance writer blending a background in trauma support with the skill of storytelling. Sarah writes predominantly about life, loss and the spaces in between for mainstream media, Government organisations and corporate business success stories. Contact her to discuss a story idea.



Supporting Those Who Are Left Behind
ISBN 978-0-9804405-0-8 Each year in Australia, 35,000 people are reported missing to police. That’s one person every 15 minutes. For every missing person’s case reported, at...
A Glimmer of Hope
ISBN 0734728646 Stories of courage from families of missing persons. This anthology catalogues four different stories from family members of missing persons - a sister,...

Corporate Writing

Australian Writers Centre

Lindy Alexander goes from social worker to freelance writer
Lindy Alexander, 34, a social worker and mum, completed the course in Magazine and Newspaper Writing at the Australian Writers' Centre in 2011. At the time, she was pregnant...
Jocelyn Pride: The travel writer
Jocelyn Pride completed the Australian Writers' Centre Travel Writing course in the summer holidays of 2011. She grew up in a home where storytelling was prominent. Her mother's...
Cassy Small: Writing is her first love
Cassy Small, 32, is a Sunshine Coast health and wellbeing writer. She completed the Australian Writers' Centre Magazine and Newspaper Writing Stage 1 course online in January...

Radio, Television and Podcasts

Sarah Wayland 3MT Trans Tasman Finals University of Western Australia
Sarah Wayland 3MT Trans Tasman Finals University of Western Australia
Social Media in Tragedies by ABC NSW
Discussing the use of social media in dealing with the grief of tragedies and the fight to stop violence against women. Fiona Wyllie with Sarah Wayland and Jane Caro.
Matt & Jane's Missing Persons Show | KIIS 101.1 - A New Station For Melbourne
Matt & Jane are shining a light on the people that are reported missing in Australia each year. 35,000 people go missing every year - that equates to one person reported missing...
In limbo: the pendulum between hope and grief
As the search continues for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane with 239 people on board, many of us watch on with intrigue. But the families of the passengers and crew on board...
Malaysia Airlines MH370: The Psychology of Missing People
The shock disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 with 239 people on board this week over the Gulf of Thailand while on route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing has captured the...
Writing and Psychotherapy: Every Person's Life is a Worth a Novel
Podcast: Sarah Wayland is an Australia Counselling member who holds the unique title ofsocial worker and successful freelance writer. She has found that writing and blogging has...
Holding on to hope: families of missing people
In Australia 35,000 people go missing every year. While 95% of those people are found, often within the first week, the remaining 'missing' leave behind family and friends that...
Are we doing enough to track down missing people? Add Your Comments Currently comments Jenny Karmas came home from work one evening to an unlocked, empty house. Although her...
Gone Missing by triple j Hack
35,000 people go missing in Australia every year. Most are found quickly. But imagine if your loved one never came home.
International Missing Childrens Day
Each year, about 35,000 reports are received by the police regarding a missing person and 1600 people remain missing. We chat to counselor Sarah Wayland about her work in the...
Missing young people
Couch surfing, having some time out, having a break - these are not terms you usually associate with missing people. But young people who lose contact with their families and...

Commissioned work - Grief

MiNDFOOD - Love after loss: navigating through grief
When a person loses a partner the physical connection is severed but the emotional connection can live on. Three women share their stories. Isa King was only 20 when she met...
Missing and found: understanding the privacy needs of missing people
Media stories about missing people are as intriguing as they are common. As a community, we form our own opinions of the person who is absent by the details that the media...
What happens when Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michele Knight return to their lives?
by SARAH WAYLAND Imagine for a moment stepping back in to the life you lived a decade ago. You might look quite similar, you know where you came from, who your family are, but...
Have you seen Dan?
Missing ... Daniel James O'Keeffe. It was just over a year ago that Loren O'Keefe last spoke to her 25-year-old brother Dan. He went missing on July 15, 2011. In those first few...
How to talk about suicides
How does one talk about the dead without reliving the loss?
Making Meaning from Loss
Three women share how they survived being bereaved by suicide
Vanishing Acts
What happens for families of missing people when they turn to the media for answers?
Grief reactions
"The sadness people encountered after their loss actually gave them a new sense of meaning about their life." About nine years ago Ingrid Poulson's two children and father were...
Faces of a fallen city
One year on...a case study of five people affected by the Christchurch Earthquakes

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