Memoir and Nonfiction Book Writing Coach

Time to get serious. Your book is waiting.

Jumpstart Your Memoir

An Online 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 driven to write a book because…

• 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.

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


You want to write a book, but you’re not sure of the focus, the audience, the structure …



You’re ready to start writing in earnest (perhaps you’ve even started) and you’d like …



You’ve created a lot of pages (maybe even a full draft) and now your ready to…



If you’re stuck on a writing or publishing problem and need help moving forward…


Writing Matters

A blog for nonfiction book authors

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 [...]

What Teaching Writing Has Taught Me About the Human Condition

I’ve taught writing for years, primarily to adults who yearn to tell stories about personal experience. I’ve worked with doctors and lawyers, comedians and chronic liars, entrepreneurs and private eyes, and not one but two strippers—both of whom also happened to be English teachers. Sitting at a glossy mahogany dining [...]

Allow Me to Introduce Myself…

Hi! I’m Shari Caudron and I help people who are motivated to write a book in order to create positive change in the world.

I’m passionate about my work because I know how much writing changes people
—both authors and their readers.

Courage. Confidence. Compassion. Understanding. Love. Happiness. Pride. I’ve seen clients—and their readers—gain all of these things through the relatively simple (though not always easy) act of putting pen to paper.



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