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Memoir Writing Coach

It’s time. Your book is waiting.

Introducing… 
Jumpstart Your Memoir

A Self-Paced Course for First-Time Memoirists

You’re frustrated. You’ve been wanting to write a memoir but you’re having trouble getting words on the page. There are always excuses. You don’t have enough time, know-how, courage or caffeine. Your chair’s uncomfortable. The dog needs a bath. You know the drill.

If you’ve got a story to tell but need some support getting started and understanding how to write a memoir, this course is for you.

“There is only one type of story—your story”

Ray Bradbury

“Getting published isn’t the important thing. You write in order to be able to breathe.”

Samuel Beckett

“You must find your own quiet center of life, and write from that.”

Sarah Orne Jewett

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.”

Gustave Flaubert

“Each of us is a book waiting to be written, and that book, if written, results in a person explained.”

Thomas M. Cirignano

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

Joan Didion

“Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.”

Joan Didion

“What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens.”

Rabih Aalemeddine

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”

Maya Angelou

Let’s Get Started

• You’re tired of playing small, staying silent and not being seen.
• You’re ready to speak the truth.
• You want your experiences to matter.
• Most of all, you want to be true to yourself–both now and in the future.

It’s time to stop procrastinating and start writing. Here are a few ways we can work together:

BRAINSTORMING INTENSIVES

You want to write a book, but you’re not sure of the focus, the audience, the structure, or how to make people care about your work. What you DO know is that you’re confused and desperate to get started. Sound familiar?

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ONGOING COACHING

You’re ready to start writing in earnest (perhaps you’ve even started) and you’d like a thought partner—someone to hold your hand, hold you accountable, give you feedback, teach you about craft, and with whom you can discuss big ideas and deeper themes.

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ASK ME ANYTHING

If you’re stuck on a writing or publishing problem and need help moving forward, let’s talk. My 90-minute “Ask Me Anything” sessions are designed to help writers gain quick clarity on a wide range of topics, including……

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Story Matters

Change your story, change your life

The Crumpled Note Story

When I was eleven years old, still flat-chested and shaggy-haired, I wrote my father a note explaining in painstaking detail the hurt I felt over some favoritism he’d shown my younger sister. The specific incident is lost to memory, but I remember writing and rewriting that note several times until [...]

Writing on Purpose

One of the great privileges of coaching authors is that I get to work with people motivated by a deep sense of purpose. But often, when I start working with a new client, they can’t easily articulate why it is they must write a book. Often, they’ll attribute their desire to [...]

Your 30-Minute Myth

I have no scientific data to back this up, but I would say—based on experience and observation—that it takes an average of four years to write a memoir, and by that I mean the kind of well-crafted story others would want to read. In the process, memoirists not only learn [...]

Allow Me to Introduce Myself…

Hi! I’m Shari Caudron and I’m passionate about the life-changing power of personal narrative. 

I believe stories are the most powerful things we possess. But most of us are too close to see our stories–we don’t know what they’re telling us or how to revise them for the better. I want to change that.

The world needs your story. More importantly, you need your story. To live a meaningful and fulfilling life you need to see the gifts and wisdom hidden inside your stories so that you can share those gifts with others.

I see stories. That’s my superpower. And I put it to work two ways: 1) As a memoir coach who can help you understand, write and publish your story. 2) As a purpose guide who can help you envision–and create–a new story for your life.

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Testimonials

Michele Morris

“I couldn’t have written my memoir without Shari’s help – she taught me the important difference between journaling and memoir. The format of her six-month coaching sessions allowed me to approach the writing chapter by chapter and produce a first draft by the end of that coaching. Her guidance was so detailed and ideas so spot-on that I was able to work on my own from there to incorporate the suggested changes into my edits to create a compelling final manuscript.”

MICHELE MORRIS
author, Poco a Poco, A Memoir

Outskirts Press, 2018

Winner, Colorado Book Award

Silver Medal Winner,
Nautilus Book Awards

Tamra Ryan

“By asking great questions, Shari was able to tease out the nuggets from my brain so I could get them on paper. Shari is determined to make a difference for her clients and gets very invested in their projects. You couldn’t ask for anyone better on your team.”

TAMRA RYAN
author, The Third Law,
Gilpin House Press, 2013

Gold Medal Winner,
2015 Axiom Business Book Awards for Women/Minorities in Business

Gold Medal Winner, 2015 Living Now Book Awards for Social Activism/Charity

Winner, The Book Excellence Award for
Civic/Social Change

Cara Mentzel

“Without fail, even brief conversations with Shari reinvigorated my writing. She is a purveyor of confidence, clarity, and stamina. She has the insight of a skilled therapist, and the craft of a great writer. She has been a cheerleader and a teacher and a friend. And truly, what more could a writer ask for?”

CARA MENTZEL
author, Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story
Macmillian, 2017

Featured on The Today Show, Pickler & Ben, NY Live, People.com, and named a top 20 Goodreads choice for best memoir