Write Your Story. Change Your Life.

Jumpstart Your Memoir

memoir coachYou’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 self-paced course is for you.

Allow Me to Introduce Myself…

Hi! I’m Shari Caudron and I’m a memoir coach, writing teacher, and story whisperer.

I see stories. That’s my superpower.

I’ve been coaching memoirists since 2005, and have coached well over 500 writers one-on-one, and more than 3,000 writers in the classroom.

I didn’t set out to become a writing coach. I set out to become the best writer I possibly could and spent decades publishing essays and articles, writing books, and devouring everything I could about the craft of nonfiction writing.

Then, when I started teaching, I took everything I’d learned about writing and poured that knowledge into my classes.

In the process, I was surprised to discover that my true passion in life is helping others unearth, understand, and write their stories.


Story Matters

A blog about the writing life

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 [...]


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.”

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.”

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?”

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


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